Credits: 6

Schedule: 25.02.2019 - 27.03.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Saija Katila

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Period II, Töölö Campus and IV Otaniemi Campus (2018-2019) Period II and IV (2019-2020) Otaniemi Campus

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students will demonstrate knowledge of:
• The basic epistemological underpinnings of qualitative research.
• A range of qualitative methodologies (ethnography, action research, case study etc.).
• A range of qualitative methods of data collection (interview, field notes etc.) and analysis (thematic analysis, narrative analysis etc.).
• The practical challenges of undertaking fieldwork.
Students will develop the following skills:
• The ability to design qualitative research and argue for the choices made
• The competence to collect qualitative data ‘in the field’.
• The aptitude to analyze qualitative data manually.
• The capacity to critically reflect on both the content and process of a research project and to identify potential ethical issues.
• The proficiency to discuss and write about qualitative research in a clear and concise manner.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course covers the basic epistemological underpinnings of qualitative research as well as a range of qualitative methodologies (ethnography, action research, case study etc.). The course focuses on the process of doing qualitative research starting from defining the research questions and proceeding to designing the study i.e. which qualitative methodologies as well as data gathering and analysis methods fit with the research question.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

100% assignments

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 24 h
Independent work 136 h
Total 160 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Material and readings provided by the teacher.

Eriksson, Päivi & Kovalainen, Anne (2008) Qualitative methods in business research. ISBN 978-1-4129-0316-5 Availability

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course can be substituted with 80E80100 Business Research Methods.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course is designed for students who are working on / starting to work on their thesis. Please DO NOT register for the course if you are not ready to work on your thesis.

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Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Compulsory active participation in class (5/8)

The course is designed to facilitate students’ master’s thesis processes, therefore it is recommended that the participants have a preliminary thesis topic when registering for the course.

The course is open only to the students of the department of Management.

The course is not open for exchange students.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

    mon 09.15-12.00   
    wed 09.15-12.00   
    mon 09.15-12.00   
    wed 09.15-12.00   


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