Syllabus for Interdisciplinary Research Methods and the Writing Process

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  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5GN035
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Gender Research A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2014-08-27
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-03-25
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Arts
  • Applies from: week 27, 2020
  • Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) with a minimum 60 credits in Gender Studies (or equivalent).
  • Responsible department: Centre for Gender Research

Decisions and guidelines

The course is obligatory for students reading the Master's programme in the Humanities - Gender Studies.

Learning outcomes

Following successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Critically review interdisciplinary writing with regard to relevance of theory, methodology, method and analysis as well as in terms of form and style.
  • Independently discuss and motivate methodological and method choices and approaches in both one's own work as well as the academic writing of others
  • Reflect on and constructively discuss academic writing in the interdisciplinary field the discipline of gender science


The course complements the supervision offered in relation to the student's individual thesis, by focusing on methodology, method, and writing. The course develops good academic working practices based around "peer response". The course involves a series of seminars where students' texts are shared and reviewed; seminars that address the interdisciplinary master's thesis as specific form of writing through, for example, reviewing previous degree projects; guest seminars on methodology and method with researchers from the centre for Gender Research; as well as seminars addressing more general research issues such as data collection, research ethics, data analysis and dissemination of results


This course is obligatory for students reading the Master's programme in the Humanities - Gender Studies. The course is delivered through a series of lectures and/or seminars beginning in term 1 with additional seminars throughout the two years.


The course is examined through ongoing oral and written assessment.

The course material consists partly of the students' own texts, partly of articles selected in consultation with the guest lecturer, and partly other relevant publications on research methodology, methods and writing. Where possibly these are directly linked to the ongoing projects within the group.

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.

All papers will be subject to a plagiarism check.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.