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COSOPOM2 Quantitative Research Methods and Comparative Research Design 5 ECTS
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MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare
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Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Curricula 2012 – 2015

General description

The course gives an introduction into the methodology and practices of quantitative research, ways of analyzing quantitative data, deeper understanding about one specific quantitative research method and practices of analyzing data. This course focuses on quantitative research methods in general, and on specified methods such as regression and variance analysis.

Learning outcomes

The aim is to enable the students to reflect and use quantitative research methods.
Students will be able
- to understand the methodology of quantitative research methods
- to identify different quantitative research methods
- to analyse data with one specified method for example regression or variance analysis


The course has three parts:
1) Introduction focuses on the methodology of quantitative research. Different ways to examine the data and understand results 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 quantitative research method (regression analysis/ variance analysis/ factor analysis etc.). The focus will be on the methodological basis and the ways of analysing the data. The selection of the covered quantitative methods will be based on the interests of the students.
3) The analysis of the data will be exercised. Basic rules of quantitative 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.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English

COSOPO students: Introductory lectures and excersices during the Intensive Programme in Tampere, afterwards workshops and pair work supported by Moodle. Readings, independent work, excersices and an essay.

Students of other Master's programmes: information on how to complete the course will be given in the teaching schedule.

Attendance obligatory.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Participation in the discussions and debates, preparation of the pair work (10 pages) and preparation of an analysis paper (5 pages).

Study materials

Reading list will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Management
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Faculty of Management
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
School of Social Sciences and Humanities