Welcome to the course Basic Scientific Theory and Research Methods in Social Work,7,5 cr!

On this page you will find information about your course, course registration and more. Here you will also find your course syllabus and the course timetable.

Course information

This course is a full-time Campus course given between weeks 51-03.
Name of course

Basic Scientific Theory and Research Methods in Social Work

Course code


Application code



Academy of Hälsa och Arbetsliv

Course co-ordinator

Fereshteh Ahmadi


Course administration



Register on your course!

In order to register on your course, you first need to create a user account. Read more about how to activate your user account in our guide, "Five steps to get started".

If you do not register on time, you will lose your place on the course. Please contact your course administrator before the end of the registration period if you are experiencing problems with course registration.

If you are conditionally admitted you are not able to register on the course yourself.

Period for course registration: 10 december – 16 december

About the course

Course syllabus, reading list and timetable

Course syllabus, reading list and timetable

Course organisation and communication

Course organisation

Lectures and seminars
The course is campus-based; all lectures, seminars and the individual class-based examination will be held at the university campus in Gävle. The course will begin with an introductory lecture with the aim of going through information about the course and clarifying on issues as may be needed. Attendance of the introductory seminar is compulsory.

The course will then proceed with a combination of lectures and seminars. The details and schedule of the lectures and seminars are given in the course’s study guide which is available on blackboard. Please note that changes may occur in the schedule. Notification of changes will be done through blackboard.

All seminars are compulsory; that is, full attendance and participation are obligatory and expected at all seminars. Seminars are part of the examination. It is desirable that students attend all the lectures, although attendance is not compulsory (except for the introductory lecture).

Schedule and venues
The course begins on Tuesday 18th December 2018 and runs until Thursday 17th January 2018. Re-examination will be held in February and April 2018. A detailed schedule is available in the study guide on blackboard.

Examination task 1 – Formulating a research project
The task will be carried out in study groups; all students will be allocated into study groups and given a specific research field within social work. The task is to formulate a research proposal specifying aims and research questions, as well as the steps in the research process for a quantitative and qualitative study in social work. The group work will be presented both in writing and at a seminar. Students will be examined based on the seminar presentation as well as the final submitted research proposal. Grades pass and fail will be awarded. For the grade pass, active participation at the seminars and submission of a complete research proposal is required. Students that are unable to take part in the group work or seminar presentation will have to present the same work individually at one of the dates for re-examination. More details are in the study guide on blackboard.

Examination task 2 – individual class-based examination
The individual class-based examination will take place on Thursday 17th January. This examination covers the following three learning outcomes – (1) to explain the basics of research methods for data collection and analysis, (2) to explain the significance of theories in the research process and (3) to formulate methodologically and theoretically motivated approaches and analysis strategies for basic research problems. Grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F can be awarded according to the ECTS grading scale, where an E represents the minimum requirements for passing.

The grade for the class-based examination determines the final grade for the course, but to obtain a pass grade (A-E) for the course it is also obligatory to obtain a pass grade in examination task 1 and 2. Thus, you have to complete the seminar tasks in order to receive your grade on the course. Individual class-based re-examination will take place on the following dates:

1st chance: Wednesday 20th February 2019, 10.00-13.00 in room 51:324

2nd chance: Wednesday 10th April 2019 10.00-13.00 in room 51:324


Information about the course will be regularly posted on Blackboard. It is therefore important that you regularly check the course page on Blackboard. The syllabus for the course and study guide can also be found on Blackboard.
You can direct your questions about the course to the course coordinators Fereshteh Ahmadi, fereshteh.ahmadi@hig.se and Jimmy Munobwa, Jimmy.munobwa@hig.se
The language of instruction for the course is English.

Written exams

Written exams

Registration for exams, including re-takes, is mandatory. You can register for exams via Ladok. You need to register at least ten days before the exam date. If you fail to register you will only be able to sit your exam if there is a n empty place in the exam hall.

If you are a distance study student and want to take your exam off-campus, you need to apply to do so at least three weeks prior to the exam date.

Course evaluation

Course evaluation

After your course has finished you will be sent a we-based course evaluation questionnaire via e-mail. Your participation in the course evaluation is very valuable to us and you comments will help improve and develop the course further. All students registered on the course will receive a report of the course evaluation with all comments compiled.

General information

Hig.se/student is our student webpage where you can find useful links and information about your studies. Here you will also find a news feed where we publish study-related news.

IT support
You can contact IT support if you encounter any problems with your user account or any other IT related problems. The IT support is open for visits 09.00-15.00 in the Student Centre, building 22, Monday to Friday. You can also contact them by telephone +46 (0)26 64 88 00 or email itsupport@hig.se

The library is located in the middle of the campus and is open to everybody. Welcome to the library to activate your entrance card as a library card. You can reach all digital resources such as e-books and e-journals after logging in with your user account.

Student support
Sometimes you need help to manage your studies and student life. At the University of Gävle we have several support functions to help you deal with various study-related situations, such as, for example, student health and welfare and support for students with disabilities.

The Student Centre
At the Student Centre you will meet knowledgeable staff who can assist you in just about anything regarding your studies at the University of Gävle. The Student Centre is located in building 22. You can also find a café in this area and a TV displays showing study-related information and the daily timetabling. You can contact the Student Centre by email at studentcentrum@hig.se

Web meetings with Adobe Connect or Zoom
Adobe Connect and Zoom are two services for web meetings at the University of Gävle. You usually need a webcam and headset with a microphone.

Publicerad av: Lena Hjelm Sidansvarig: Maria Strand Sidan uppdaterades: 2018-07-03
Högskolan i Gävle
Box 801 76 GÄVLE
026-64 85 00 (växel)