Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 01.03.2021 - 31.03.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Saija Katila

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Saija Katila

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    100% assignments

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching 24 h
    Independent work 136 h
    Total 160 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Material and readings provided by the teacher.

    Eriksson, Päivi & Kovalainen, Anne (2016) Qualitative methods in business research. ISBN 978-1-4129-0316-5 Availability

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    10 Reduced Inequality