Credits: 6

Schedule: 11.09.2019 - 18.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Professor Matti Häyry

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

During fall 2016 teaching periods I and II, course sessions will be held on Wednesdays at 14-17 (triple lectures).

The excursion times (mostly right after the course sessions, but others are possible) are preliminarily specified in the Doctoral Program Study Guide 2016-2017 (see Into).

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The aim of the course is to support your research process and to develop your analytical skills in research-related reading, writing, and thinking. The course offers an opportunity to use basic philosophical tools in identifying the main normative and conceptual features of different research approaches.


Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The themes touched upon during the course include the ethical and rhetorical dimensions of the social sciences; the normative underpinnings of social research, business studies, and moral and political philosophy; the main features of universalist and positional approaches to research; and views of reality as a natural phenomenon and as a social construction.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 


The Preliminary literature exam is on Wednesday 11 September 2019.

ALSO, the number of required events is wrong. The correct figure is 10.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

1.    Preliminary literature exam 14 September 2016. Assessment: Pass / Fail. This cannot be compensated by other assignments. Literature: John Stuart Mill, The Logic of the Moral Sciences (also known as A System of Logic book VI; the eight edition of 1872 is preferable). Questions will test your understanding of the main points of each chapter. You will answer two of three stated questions. Literature, notes, and internet searches are allowed during the exam.

2.    Participation in sessions and excursions. Assessment: Pass / Fail. Participants need to attend 12 events and show active interest in discussions.

3.    Homework – literature to be discussed during the course sessions. Assessment: Pass / Fail. Participants have to show their familiarity with the materials during discussions.

4.    Facilitation of a discussion, possibly with 1-2 other participants, on a homework topic. Assessment: Pass / Fail.

5.    Two presentations of your research topic – a more general one at the beginning of the course and a more detailed one at the end. Assessment: Pass / Fail.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Preliminary literature exam and general reference: John Stuart Mill, The Logic of the Moral Sciences (the eight edition of 1872 is preferable, but others can be used).

Homework and facilitation assignments: Literature will be posted on the Noppa portal.

Lectures: Lecture presentations will be posted on the Noppa portal after each session.

Excursions: Some events will require prior reading, which will be made available.

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

NB! The Study Plan information below is probably outdated and does not apply. Matti

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

If you have completed one /both of the courses 51D190 Philosophy of Social Science (3 ECTS cr) and 51L19201 Advanced Course in the Philosophy of Social Science (3 ECTS cr), please agree with the teacher and with your supervisor which of these courses can be included in your Study Plan.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Initial exam

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Pass / Fail. Passing the course requires completing the five tasks listed in "Assessment Methods and Criteria"

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Professor Matti Häyry


Registration and further information