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global studies / International Development Studies / International Public Administration and Politics / Politics and Administration / Public Administration
When registering for courses, please be aware of the potential conflicts and overlaps between course and exam time and dates. The planning of course activities at Roskilde University is based on the recommended study programmes, which should not overlap. However, if you choose optional courses and/or study plans that goes beyond the recommended study programmes, an overlap of lectures or exam dates may occur depending on which courses you choose.
In case of too few registrations, the course will be cancelled.
|Detailed description of content||
Politics can be understood as a struggle over influence with words rather than physical force. Different actors use documents for the purposes such as regulation, to underpin their actions, to demand documentation for claims made in the public debate or for decisions made by public authorities. As a result, documents are produced by international organisations, public authorities, political parties, interest groups, NGOs, private companies, media, think tanks, citizens and other actors.
Document analysis is already a commonly applied approach in the social sciences. Many theories, including theories of institutional change, decision-making, and discourse typically include documents as sources. Likewise, a number of research methods including content analysis, grounded theory, argumentation analysis, and the analysis of ideas also uses documents. Finally, a range of different types of documents including laws, reports, newspaper articles and communications are available through the internet and elsewhere. With increased digitalisation, skills in collecting and analysing documents in a reliable manner is like to be in increasing demand in the future.
The course develops students’ knowledge of and skills in applying qualitative methods to analyse documents. The course focuses particularly on how computer-assisted document analysis can provide a basis for transparent, structured, and well-presented document analyses. To this end, the course considers the selection and sampling of documents, different approaches to coding and analysing documents as well as different ways of presenting document analysis in research and student reports.
In the course we will use the software program NVivo, which is available on RUCs intranet. Prior knowledge of NVivo or similar software is not a requirement for taking the course. Knowledge of basic social science methodologies and methods is a requirement for taking the course.
|Expected work effort (ects-declaration)||
Reading of course literature and preparation for course lectures - 70 hours Attending lectures - 20 hours Student exercises and preparation of presentations - 15 hours Exam - 30 hours Total - 135 hours
|Course material and reading list||
Course textbook: Bazeley, Pat and Jackson, Kristi (2019): Qualitative data analysis with Nvivo. 3rd ed. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE.
|Evaluation- and feedback forms||
There will be an opportunity to get oral feedback on the exercises and discussions in class. Participants can expect to have collective feedback on the written exams (as a whole), as well as the opportunity for oral feedback in person for the individual written exams.
|Administration of exams||
ISE Studyadministration (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Responsible for the activity|
|Learning outcomes and assessment criteria||
Knowledge and understanding:
Knowledge and understanding of academic and/or scientifically based practice-oriented methods and their application and relevance on an advanced level
Being able to communicate and discuss academic and/or scientifically based practice-oriented studies in a type of language that is correct, clear, professionally accurate, well-structured and well-argued
|Prerequisites for participation||
Currently no data from curriculum.
|Prerequisites for participation in the exam||
Currently no data from curriculum.
|Teaching and working methods||
Lectures, exercises, student presentations, peer feedback and discussions. The course requires that the students contribute and participate actively.
|Type of activity||
|Form of examination||
Individual written take-home assignment given by the lecturer.
The character limit of the assignment is: maximum 24,000 characters, including spaces.
The character limit includes the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.
The duration of the take-home assignment is 14 days and may include weekends and public holidays.
Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
|Form of Re-examination||
Same as ordinary exam