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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
MDP 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.

Enrolment for University Studies

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


2-Feb-2018 – 28-May-2018
Lectures 9 hours
Fri 2-Feb-2018 - 16-Feb-2018 weekly at 9-12, Linna 5026
Group work
Independent work


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

Only for the students of the following programmes:

- MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research

- MDP in Global and Transnational Sociology

- MDP in Public Choice

- MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare

- MDP in Gender Studies