KS Qualitative Research Methods

Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
5 ECTS M1 - Master's programme 1. year Social Science Liisa Haikio 2 hpw (*)TAU
Detailed information
Original study plan Master's programme Joint Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare 2022W
Objectives This study unit 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. After completing the study unit, students will be able to

  • understand the methodology of qualitative research methods
  • identify different qualitative research methods
  • analyse data with one specified method for example discourse analysis or narrative analysis.
Subject 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 study unit 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 student will have methodological skills needed in her/his master's thesis writing.
Criteria for evaluation Active participation during the Intensive Programme and in the Moodle online learning environment, written assignments.
Methods Introduction during the Intensive Programme at the beginning of the semester, afterwards online learning methods supported by Moodle.
Language English
Study material Readings are provided by the instructor.
Changing subject? No
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 30
Assignment procedure Direct assignment