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TAYJ021 General Methodological Questions 1–10 ECTS
Organised by
Joint Doctoral Studies


Strategic themes: Responsible conduct of research

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the doctoral student is familiar with basic methodological questions: In what ways is scientific knowledge acquired, constructed and justified? S/he understands the general nature of methodology as a special field of philosophy of science and the impact methodology has on research and the quality of the research results. S/he is able to reflect the methods used in her/his own research and field of science in relation to the general premises in philosophy of science. S/he is also able to assess the general validity of research. S/he is able to use methodological information in the choice and development of the research methods for her/his own research. S/he also understands the preconditions, limitations and consequences of making methodological choices and knows how to apply them in her/his own research in order to make responsible choices that lead to reliable research results.


The course looks at research methods on a general level. It focuses on methodology as a part of philosophy of science. The topics that may be dealt with in the courses under this heading include special methodological issues, such as the development of research methods, the validity of research methods and results, observing and violating methodological rules and norms, the methodological preconditions of good research and the different methodological limitations. The researcher’s ontological and epistemological perspectives and commitments may also be examined. The course enables comparing research methods from different perspectives.

Teaching language

English, Finnish

Modes of study

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



Belongs to following study modules

Doctoral School
Research Method Skills (Joint Doctoral Studies)
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Doctoral School