Syllabus for Independent Study in Contemporary Sociological Research

Läskurs i aktuell sociologisk forskning


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2SC133
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sociology A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2015-05-20
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-12-04
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2020
  • Entry requirements:

    A Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in sociology, social psychology, sociology with orientation towards work, organisation and human resource management, or the equivalent.

  • Responsible department: Department of Sociology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is given as a programme course in the Master's Programme in Social Sciences. The course may be given in English.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to train the student's ability to establish an overview of a research field and identify research gaps in the field in question.

Upon completing the course, students will

  • show advanced knowledge of a delimited sociological research field and its central research questions
  • demonstrate the ability to compile and present large sets of scientific sources in a systematic way
  • demonstrate the ability to reflect on and to critically relate to the existing literature.


During the course, the student writes a research overview based on assigned literature in consultation with the teacher. The student independently reads and analyses the assigned literature, and presents findings in the form of a written text.


The teaching consists of an initial supervision session at the beginning of the course and contacts with the teacher during the course.


The course is examined by assessment of the research overview. The grades awarded are Fail (U), Pass (G) and Pass with distinction (VG). If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may decide to make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. Special reasons can include notification of special educational support from the university disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.