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COSOPOM3 Qualitative Research Methods and Comparative Research Design 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare
Faculty of Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

This course focuses on qualitative research methods in general, and on specified methods such as ethnography, discourse analysis and narrative analysis. The methodology and the practices of qualitative research methods are discussed. The aim is to enable the students to reflect and use qualitative research methods. Students will be able
- to understand the methodology of qualitative research methods
- to identify different qualitative research methods
- to analyse data with one specified method for example discourse analysis or narrative analysis

General description

An introduction into methodology of qualitative research and ways of analysing qualitative data. Deeper understanding about one specific qualitative research method and practices of analysing data.

The course has three parts:
1) Introduction focuses on the methodology of qualitative research. Different ways to interpret the reality and understand knowledge are discussed. Students learn how the research questions and findings are related to the scientific assumptions on which the research methods are based.
2) Students will examine one specific, established qualitative research method (discourse analysis/ narrative analysis/ ethnography etc.). The focus will be on the methodological basis, the forms of data and the ways of analysing the data. The selection of the covered qualitative methods will be based on the interests of the students.
3) The analysis of the data will be exercised. Basic rules of qualitative research method are practiced with a data by step-by-step process. The end result will be a well-grounded argument based on the analysis.
As an outcome students will have methodological skills needed in her/his masters thesis writing.

Detailed instructions on how to pass the course:
1) Attending and participating the lectures in the beginning of February 2019 (attendance obligatory)
2) Finishing the two exercises on time
3) Giving comments on the exercises of another group
4) Revising the papers based on the feedback received
5) Writing feedback on how the group worked during the exercises

1) Each lecture consists of three parts: a) the actual lecture b) group work and c) discussion.

2-3) Two different kinds of exercises which are made in groups, in pairs or as individuals:
a) Introducing one of the following qualitative research method: ethnography, narrative method, rhetoric analysis or discourse analysis. Writing as a group approximately 20 pages, 12 point Times New Roman font, 1,5 line spacing.
b) Use of the selected method and writing an approximately 20 pages (12 point Times New Roman font, 1,5 line spacing) where the use of method is illustrated. Data to be used is given by teachers.

4) Rewriting the paper based on received comments.

5) One page description on the division of work and working methods during exercises. This paper is handed over at the same time as the second exercise paper.

Enrolment for University Studies

Enrolment time has expired


Liisa Häikiö, Teacher responsible
Henna Luoma-Halkola, Teacher
Lauri Heimo, Teacher


11-Feb-2019 – 31-May-2019
Lectures 9 hours
Mon 11-Feb-2019 at 9-12, Linna 5026
Thu 14-Feb-2019 at 9-12, Linna 5026
Fri 15-Feb-2019 at 13-16, Linna 5026


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

Participation of the students in the discussions and debates, preparation of the group, pair or individually done work (20 pages) and preparation of an analysis paper (20 pages).

Further information

This course is only for the degree students of the Global Society programmes (MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare, MDP in Gender Studies, MDP in Peace,Mediation and Conflict Research, MDP in Global and Transnational Sociology, MDP in Public Choice).