ASOB16018U Applied Case-Study Analysis
Mandatory course at 6th semester at
The course is not open for either exchange or credit students
This course will be taught in English and the exam will be in English
The objective of the course is for students to apply their
sociological knowledge and research methods skills to a real-life
social issue organisations in Denmark are currently grappling
with. Through this applied case study research – students
- directly engage with external partners and support them in
thinking about the issues they are working on
- gain a better understanding of how organisations function and
approach the research and development of solutions to real-life
- develop a stronger awareness of the myriad ways sociological
ways of thinking and researching can be ‘put to work’ in real-life
- think further about the world of work they are going to enter upon graduation and develop a keener sense of how they want to make a contribution through employment.
- reviewed various approaches to studying a real-life case and
ascertained their potentialities and limitations in answering the
- considered the ways differently positioned organisations
approach researching and developing solutions/initiatives to a
real-life issue – the constraints and possibilities they must work
within and what impact this has on how they can ask a question, how
they can study an issue and the kinds of ‘solutions’ they can
- read some literature on the future world of work and through
hearing outside speakers, students will be able to link what the
literature argues to the real-life experiences of professionals
- able to articulate why a sociological approach to
understanding, researching and developing solutions to real life
cases can be so generative
- worked collaboratively within a group and across groups to
research and develop ideas for tackling a large social issue
- undertaken research on a real-life case study – being able to
justify the approach taken
- written a summary of their case study findings suited to the
template developed between the course leader and external partner
- able to assess information given by the external partner on the
case study they are involved in, and determine what further
information is needed
- present the findings of their case study research to a larger audience – verbally and in writing
- work collaboratively within a group to develop a research
timeline that fits the requirements of the task, while also
coordinating across groups to ensure the various elements of the
larger case study can be brought together in time
- interpret and translate research findings into an accessible format that fits the template requirements agreed with the external partner.
Students will engage with literature on ‘doing case study research’, sustainability’ or ’food consumption’ (depending on the specific focus of their case study research), and ‘the world of work’.
- Course Preparation
- The course convener will work closely with the students to
ascertain their experience of the course, further areas they
require support on.
- Students will work in groups collaboratively to conceptualise, implement, analysis and write up their case study research.
Registration deadline for courses is June 1 for Autumn semester and December 1 for Spring semester.
The ordinary period for registration for summer school is from November 15'th to December 1'st
If the course is full after this period, it will NOT be offered for registration again, in the extra period for registration from May 15'th to June 1'st
When registered you will be signed up for exam.
Exchange students must sign up by filling in an application form which you find here: course registration
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Course participation under invigilationActive participation can consist of regular oral presentations, short written assignments among other things.
Active participation on this course is Consisting of three elements:
1. Being a member of an allocated research group and contributing to the work. Progress with the allocated research will be monitored by the course leader. If all members of the group are not in attendance during the sessions where groupwork is occurring, or clear tasks have not been taken on by each group member – ‘active participation’ will not be deemed to have been met by such an individual.
2. As a group, students will need to produce a presentation and possibly short document outlining their findings. Involvement in the production and presentation of these outputs is required. The findings will need to be based on empirical data and analysed using appropriate sociological concepts that can be found in related literatures. Students’ application of appropriate concepts will be assessed based on their relevance, and their ability to offer the external partner more specific understandings of the real-life problem they are grappling with, as well as their strength in suggesting potential solutions to these.
3. As individuals, students will need to produce a final document (max. 2 pages) where they reflect on how their applied sociological knowledge and skills (professionalism) can be articulated as valuable on the labour market, and the future career trajectory they intend to pursue post-graduation. This will need to be written in a manner that is persuasive and evidenced through examples – as if submitting the document to a potential employer.
- Exam registration requirements
- Sociology students must be enrolled under BSc Curriculum 2016 to take this exam.
- Marking scale
- passed/not passed
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
Find more information on your study page at KUnet.
Exchange students and Danish full degree guest students please see the homepage of Sociology; http://www.soc.ku.dk/english/education/exams/ and http://www.soc.ku.dk/uddannelser/meritstuderende/eksamen/
Pass or fail.
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see the learning outcome