Credits: 4

Schedule: 07.01.2020 - 23.01.2020

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Teacher in charge, Eeva Berglund,

Teaching assistant, Mirko Wittka,

Note, Prof
Berglund will try to answer emails as best she can, but the best way to catch
her will be before and after teaching sessions.

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

An understanding of the main methods of gathering and managing qualitative data. Practical experience and confidence in designing and carrying out field research related to human behaviour generally and in their own research project.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Sessions will include readings and practical exercises on:
-Observational techniques and different types of interviews
-Generating visual materials
-Dealing with offline and online data
-Ethnographic methods

Students will also learn about and do exercises on:
-Producing, managing and sharing fieldnotes and findings
-Conceptual and ethical issues around producing and using qualitative data

The format of the sessions will vary, but they will normally consist of a lecture component, discussion, presentations and practical teamwork of different kinds. There is compulsory pre-course reading and a short assignment.

The course is designed so that students will generate material that they can later analyse as coursework on the course ARTS-L0109 Methods of Analysing Qualitative Data.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

-Attending the first contact teaching session is compulsory and participation in classes should be at least 80%, unless otherwise agreed in advance.
-Compulsory assignments individually and in groups (including pre-course assignment).
-Submitted work will include documentation of completed practical work and a final essay of up to 2 000 words.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

lectures 24 h, reading 24 h, practical and written independent and group work 60 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Study materials will be provided via MyCourses.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

ARTS-L0103 Methods of Gathering Data

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Minimum number of participants: 8
Max. 25 participants. First year doctoral candidates at Aalto ARTS given priority, others can be taken in the order of registration.


Registration and further information