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YKYY4 Introduction to Empirical Research Methods 3 ECTS
Organised by
Common Core Studies / YKY
Course is available for:
  • Major subject students

Learning outcomes

To provide the student with a general understanding of empirical research methods and resarch process in social sciences. The student learns the basics of doing empirical research and learns to understand the significance of research questions and research frame as well as aspects related to choosing certain data and techniques of analysis. The student learns how one can approach the same phenomenon with various research methods and how those methods and approaches produce different kind of information. The module provides the student with basic abilties to understand empirical research conducted with various methods, to evaluate the methodological choices and research results.


- formulating a research question
- research process
- different types of research
- various data
- methods of analysis

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 21 h 0 h

Teaching language

Finnish, English

Modes of study

A literature exam on the course examination days. Check for dates in the faculty web pages.



Study materials


Gilbert (ed.), Researching Social Life. Sage, Second edition,  2001. (reprinted 2003). 

Belongs to following study modules

University Services
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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School of Social Sciences and Humanities