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 51-02.
Name of course

Basic Scientific Theory and Research Methods in Social Work

Course code


Application code



Faculty of health and occupational studies

Course co-ordinator

Name: Jimmy Munobwa

Email: jimmy.munobwa@hig.se

Phone: 0762681847

Course administration

Name: Lena Hjelm

Email: studentsupport@hig.se

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: 30 November – 13 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 proceeds with a combination of lectures, seminars and practical exercises. The details and timetable are given in the course’s study guide which is available on Canvas latest one week before the course begins. Please note that changes may occur in the timetable. Notification of changes are communicated through Canvas.
All seminars and practical exercises are compulsory; that is, full attendance and participation is obligatory. 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).  
Timetable and venues

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 two research proposals (one qualitative and one quantitative), specifying the aim, research questions, methods and the planned steps in the research process. Each group will present their work both in writing and at a seminar. Students will be examined based on the seminar presentation as well as the final submitted research proposals. 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 individual research proposals at one of the dates for re-examination.  

Examination task 2 – carrying out a qualitative interview
This task will carried out individually and your work will be presented and discussed at seminar. This task involves conducting a qualitative interview with a student in another study group. The purpose is to practice interviewing skills, which is not only a research method but also a practical method often used with clients and patients in the social work field. The length of the interview should be approximately 30 minutes. The topic of the interview connects to the PPD (personal and professional development) theme that forms part of the Bachelor’s programme.  

Examination task 3 – individual class-based examination
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 individual 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 tasks 1, 2 and 3, as well as complete all seminar tasks. Individual class-based re-examination will take place in February and august


Information about the course will be regularly posted in Canvas. It is therefore important that you regularly check the course page in Canvas. The syllabus for the course and study guide will also be found in Canvas.  

From the autumn semester 2020, Canvas will replace the University's current learning management system Blackboard. You will automatically be enrolled on the course in Canvas once you have registered for your course in Ladok. Please note that it can take up to 60 minutes for the systems to synchronise but after that you will be able to see your course in Canvas.

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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

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.

Service and Support


You need to apply for accommodation yourself. Please remember to do it in good time before your arrival. The University of Gävle does not provide any student accommodation.

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  • Library

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  • Residence permit
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Student Centre

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Student Support

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Tuition fees

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Web meetings with Zoom

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Wireless network (wifi)

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Publicerad av: Lisa Olsson Sidansvarig: Maria Strand Sidan uppdaterades: 2020-10-29
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