Research and Knowledge for the Social Sciences

7.5 Credits
First Cycle
School of Culture and Society
Subject field
Tourism Studies (TRU)
Group of Subjects
Tourism and Recreation Studies
Disciplinary Domain
Social Science, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Tourism Studies1
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 05 April 2018.
This syllabus is valid from 10 April 2018.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Identify relevant theoretical knowledge, and evaluate or apply this knowledge in a context. (1)
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic knowledge about what qualitative and quantitative data are and how they are broadly used. (2)
  • Show basic knowledge of ethical principles in social sciences (3)
  • Show understanding for and connect theories and models. (4)

Skills and abilities
  • Search, collate and evaluate academic literature. (5)
  • Use analytical skills to contrast academic and non-academic data sources. (6)
  • Show knowledge of the conventions and practices of academic writing. (7)

Evaluation and approach
  • Illustrate the integration of academic knowledge through reflective writing practices. (8)

Course Content

The course introduces students to basic research knowledge skills. Using tourism theory and discourse, the course introduces students to critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Through providing students with a solid theoretical grounding in tourism, the course offers students the opportunity to develop their analytical and evaluative skills so that they become able to connect ideas, theories, and frameworks within an interdisciplinary context. The course will engage students in problem-solving and allow them to understand the relationships between concepts, theories, and practical situations.

The course will introduce students to literature reviews and critical reviews of literature, qualitative and quantitative data, and secondary sources.


Written assignment. (Outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) (4.5 credits)
Active participation in seminars, and written and oral assignments. (Outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6) (3 credits)

Forms of Study

Lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars.


The Swedish grades A - F

The final course grade is set by the course examiner and is a weighted evaluation based on the results from all assessments.


  • General entrance requirements

Other Information

A maximum of 5 examinations in each module.