Teaching occurs almost every day in full-time introductionary courses in the First Cycle and most of the tuition is compulsory. At higher levels the students work more independently and there are less scheduled meetings.

The teaching methods vary depending on focus and level of the course. In the First Cycle there is mainly a combination of lectures and seminars. The most used teaching form at higher levels is the seminar. Apart from lectures and seminars the students are involved in a range of exercises with the aim of learning how to use certain kinds of methods, materials and techniques. Excursions and field courses are vital and popular contributions to other learning methods. Many courses include some sort of fieldwork where students individually or in teams collect material, map, observe, make interviews and make various analyses in the field. Fieldwork typically occurs in the Stockholm region, some times in other parts of Sweden, and in a few courses field trips are organized aboard.

Courses are primarily theoretical, particularly in the Second Cycle. In most courses, especially in the Second Cycle, students are expected to demonstrate skills to interpret and analyse theories in the theme of the course, discuss and compare, and in written and oral forms scientifically discuss empirical and theoretical problems. Students are expected to critically discuss various texts, including other students’ papers.

Throughout the courses emphasis is placed on teaching students how to write scientific papers and theses.