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The Context and Process of Research II: Theories and Methods

This is a continuation course in social theory, which proceeds the course ‘The Context and Process of Research I’. In this course, principal social theories are presented and analyzed, and the students are taught how to use and apply the theories on a diverse range of empirical material, i.e. to theorize. The course also analyzes the interconnection between theory and method. During the course the students shall also continue to work on their individual research problems. They will work with different research problems, so as to practice how to use distinct forms of theoretical perspectives and concepts while theorizing.

The course provides the students with a deepened understanding of theoretical and methodological contexts and of the perspectives different theories, concepts and methods contribute to data collection and analysis. The main focus of the course is on qualitative methods, but the theoretical context of quantitative methods are also presented. The course presents the theoretical grounds of discourse and world system theory analyses, social analyses of bureaucracies and governmentality, actor-network-theory (ANT), structuralism and poststructuralism, critical theory and gender theory.

The course consists of lectures as well as individual and group exercises, discussed during seminars.

Course evaluation

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LU0090-10394 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for LU0090

Academic year 2022/2023

The Context and Process of Research II: Theories and Methods (LU0090-10104)

2022-09-29 - 2022-10-31

Academic year 2021/2022

The Context and Process of Research II: Theories and Methods (LU0090-10256)

2021-09-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

The Context and Process of Research II: Theories and Methods (LU0090-10230)

2020-09-30 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

The Context and Process of Research II: Theories and Methods (LU0090-10074)

2019-10-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

The Context and Process of Research II: Theories and Methods (LU0090-10159)

2018-10-01 - 2018-11-11

Academic year 2017/2018

The Context and Process of Research II: Theories and Methods (LU0090-10050)

2017-09-25 - 2017-11-05

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

The Process of Research II: Theories and Methods**:
Schedule and reading instructions**

Fall 2023

Örjan Bartholdson

**Cristian Alarcón Ferrari


You will only have to purchase the books marked with a *, that is, the first book mentioned on the list below.

Note that a couple of more texts will be added to the list soon.


*Inglis, David. 2012. An Invitation to Social Theory. Cambridge. Polity Press.

Excerpts of Books:

Barker, Philip. 1998. Michel Foucault. An introduction. Chapter 1: Body and text. Chapter 2: Power, truth and strategy. Edinburgh. Edinburgh University Press. Pages 1-47

Bourdieu, Pierre. 1987. Outline of a Theory of Practice. Cambridge University Press. Page: 22-30, 87-95.

Callon, Michel 1986: Some elements of a sociology of translation: domestication of the scallops and the fishermen of St Brieuc Bay In: Law, John (ed.): Power, action and belief: a new sociology of knowledge? London, Routledge, 1986, pp.196- 223.

Clifford, James. 1986. Introduction. Partial Truths. In *Writing Culture. The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography *(ed. Clifford, James.; Marcus, George, E. 1986). University of California Press. Pages 1-26

Dean, Mitchell 2009: Governmentality. Power and Rule in Modern Society. Basic concepts and themes. London: Sage. Pages 16-51.

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland. Small Places, Large Issues. An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology. Pluto Press.

Fairclough, Norman 2001: Language and Power. Chapters: 2, 3, 4, 10. Harlow: Longman

Federici, Silvia. 2004. Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation. New York. Autonomedia. Pages to read will be announced later.

Foucault, Michel 1991: Governmentality. In: Burchell, G.; Gordon, C; Miller P. (eds.): *The Foucault Effect. Studies in Governmentality. *Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf.

Foucault, Michel. 2000. Essential works of Foucault 1954-1984. Power. Vol. 3. Truth and Power. London. Penguin Books. 111-134.

Habermas, Jürgen 1989: VI. Intermediate Reflections: System and Lifeworld. In: The Theory of Communicative Action. Volume 2. Lifeworld and system: a critique of functionalist reason. Boston: Beacon Press (pp 113 - 197)

Hacking, Ian. 2004. The Archeology of Michel Foucault. Historical Ontology? Cambridge. Harvard University Press. Pages 73-86

Latour, Bruno 2005: Reassembling the Social. An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Introduction + Part 1 (=156 pp)

Moore, Henrietta. 1994. Kinship, labour and household: Understanding Women’s work. Feminism and Anthropology. Page 42-73

Ortner, Sherry. 2005. Making Gender; Is Female to Male as Nature is to Culture? Making Gender. The Politics and Erotics of Culture. Boston. Beacon Press. Pages 1-42

Outhwaite, William. 2009. The Colonization of the Lifeworld. Habermas. Cambridge. Polity Press. Pages 80-105.

Richardson, John E. 2007. A**nalysing Newspapers: An Approach from Critical Discourse Analysis. Chapters 1 and 2. Basingstoke [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan.


Delantey, Gerard. 2011. Varieties of critique in sociological theory and their methodological implications for social research. Irish Journal f Sociology. Vol. 19(1): 68–92

Lovell, Terry. 2003. Resisting with Authority: Historical Specificity, Agency and the Performative Self. In Theory, Culture & Society. Vol. 20(1): 1-17

Murray Li, Tania. 2007. Practices of assemblage and community forest management. In Economy and Society. Vol 36(2): 263-293

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science Environmental Communication and Management - Master's Programme Agriculture Programme - Rural Development Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 13750 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Rural Development Environmental Science
Course code: LU0090 Application code: SLU-10394 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%