Syllabus for Historical Methods

Historievetenskaplig metod

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5HA741
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: History A1N
  • 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: week 01, 2020
  • Entry requirements: Bachelor's Degree.
  • Responsible department: Department of History

Learning outcomes

A student who successfully completes the course will be able to:

  • Justify and evaluate the relevavance of methods that have been discussed during the course in answering different research questions
  • Plan and execute a case study and to argue the merits of the chosen design of the analysis
  • Give an account of the motivation behind the use of comparative method and to present the most common strategies employed when using this method
  • Give an account of the most frequently used selection criteria and to explain how to use them constructively
  • Use computer programming to execute spatial and quantitative analyses
  • Systematically and critically analyze text with respect to genre
  • Systematically and critically analyze audiovisual sources


The objective of the course is to enhance the student's knowledge of the central methods that are used in historical analyses and to exercise that understanding in case studies. The course will address selection criteria as well as how to gather, describe and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, using a variety of sources and archives. During the course the student will practice the art of evaluating the relevance of different kinds of material to a specific line of enquiry, and practice using these insights within the context of university work as well as outside of that context.


The course is taught using lectures, seminars, computer exercises and study visits.


Assessment will be based upon written and oral assignments. Students that have missed a small number of mandatory assignments may complete them by the end of the term at the latest. If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University´s disability coordinator.

Reading list

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