SFV4500 Applied analyses workshop - qualitative method Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Anvendt analyseverksted - kvalitativ metode
Study programme
Master Programme in Applied Social Sciences - Study Option International Social Welfare and Health Policy / Masterstudium i sosialfag - studieretning barnevern, deltid / Masterstudium i sosialfag - studieretning barnevern / Masterstudium i sosialfag - studieretning sosialt arbeid, deltid / Masterstudium i sosialfag - studieretning sosialt arbeid
Year of study
FALL 2022
Course history


The welfare state works and exists through a wealth of texts. Texts as different as Norwegian Official Reports, journals, white papers, articles, news articles, letters, textbooks, literary texts and minutes of meetings contribute to form perceptions in society and influence important decision-making processes. How a "client", "user", "patient" or "resident" is portrayed in a journal can play a decisive role in the person's future life. The course focuses on language as a force in the welfare society and in the interaction between the social welfare administration's employees and the individual client.

Required preliminary courses


Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should have the following overall learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student has advanced knowledge of

  • different traditions in textual analysis
  • different theories about power and language
  • different genres of text of importance to the welfare state


The candidate is capable of

  • discussing how different methods of textual analysis can be applied in practice
  • conducting analysis of all types of text material
  • reflecting over language and text as forces in the welfare society and in his/her own academic work

General competence

  • The student is able to reflect critically on the ethical consequences of qualitative research and analysis

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is organised as a combination of lectures and practical analysis work in groups and through plenary discussions. The student will acquire a reflective attitude towards the tools of analysis through independent work with different texts.

The practical analysis work takes place in the form of two writing seminars. Prior to the first seminar, the student must submit the draft of an essay. Feedback from the person responsible for the seminar will be given in the first seminar. Prior to the second seminar, the student must submit a reworked draft of the essay, and read the first draft of two fellow students. During the second seminar, the student must provide written and oral opponent feedback on the drafts. Attendance is required at both seminars in order to receive opponent feedback and comments from the seminar tutor.

Course requirements



The exam in the course is an essay based on a text of their choice. In this essay, the student must analyse the chosen text based on one of the methods of analysis included in the syllabus. The chosen method of analysis must be substantiated on the basis of how applicable it is in relation to the chosen research question and text. 

The exam paper must have a scope of 10 pages (+/- 10 per cent). Font and font size: Calibri 12 points. Line spacing: 1.5.

Students awarded a fail grade are given one opportunity to submit an improved version of the essay for assessment.

Permitted exam materials and equipment

All aids are permitted, as long as the rules for source referencing are complied with. 

Grading scale

Grade scale A-F. 


The exam papers are assessed by one internal and one external examiner. 

At least 25% of the exam papers will be assessed by two examiners. The grades awarded for the papers assessed by two examiners form the basis for determining the level for all the exam papers.

Course contact person

Marit Haldar