Qualitative Methods in Ethnic and Migration Studies, 7.5 credits

Kvalitativa metoder inom studier av etnicitet och migration, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Ethnic and Migration Studies

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Catrin Lundström

Course coordinator

Catrin Lundström

Director of studies or equivalent

Zoran Slavnic
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
F7MEM Ethnic and Migration Studies, Master's Programme - First and main admission round 1 (Autumn 2022) 202251-202308 English Norrköping C
F7MEM Ethnic and Migration Studies, Master´s Programme - Second admission round (open only for Swedish/EU students) 1 (Autumn 2022) 202251-202308 English Norrköping C

Main field of study

Ethnic and Migration Studies

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in Ethnic and Migration Studies

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen within one of the following subject areas:
    - humanities
    - fine arts
    - cultural studies
    - social sciences
    - behavioural sciences
    - health sciences
    - natural sciences 
    or equivalent
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (Engelska 6)
    Exemption from Swedish

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student shall on an advanced level be able to: 

  •  Account for and critically examine qualitative research methods;
  • Critically reflect on interconnections of theory and methods;
  • Critically reflect on ethical dilemmas in different qualitative methods within the field of Ethnicity and migration;
  • Apply qualitative methods within the field of ethnicity and migration;
  • Critically analyse and discuss the application of qualitative methods within the field of ethnicity and migration.


Course content

This course introduces qualitative research methods in the social sciences and humanities as applied in studies of ethnic relations, ethnic diversity, migration, discrimination, racism and social inclusion/exclusion. The course focueses both on the methodolocial heterogeneity of the field and on developing method skills by in-depth specialization in some specific methodological approaches in studies of ethnicity and migration.

Teaching and working methods

The course consists of seminars, lectuers and individual assignments. In addition to that, the student should carry out individual studies. 

Language of teaching and examination: English. 


The course is examined through:

  • active seminar participation, grade: P/F
  • individual written assignments, grade: EC

    In order to be approved on the course final grade it is required that the individual written examination has been approved and having recieved Pass on the active participation in the seminars. Higher grade is based on the individual written exam. 

    Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för kultur och samhälle
Code Name Scope Grading scale
SEM3 Seminar Participation 3 credits EC
EXA1 Course Paper 4.5 credits EC
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