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.


After successfully completing the course, students will be familiar with the core methods of qualitative research today. They will be able to carry out basic research activities, such as organising, undertaking and analysing different types of interviews, and observing, intervening and participating in different social worlds as part of academic research. The course underscores the importance of selecting appropriate methods and media throughout the process of working with data, and of recognising the limitations but also the benefits of different methods in qualitative enquiry.

Students will be able to think critically but constructively about what 'data' is and how generating and analysing it are intertwined.

Students will gain confidence in carrying out data collection and analysis, and gain some experience of adjusting existing methods to their own research fields and topics.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 03.03.2021 - 26.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Eeva Berglund

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Eeva Berglund

Contact information for the course (valid 08.02.2021-21.12.2112):

Berglund (teacher in charge),

Annamari Vänskä,

Jenni Hokka,

Note, we will try to answer emails as best we
can, but the best way to catch us will be before and after teaching sessions.

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 has three components: seminars, independent research and presentations. Contact sessions will consist of introductory lectures and seminars, and presentations.

    Seminars and lectures will  address:

    • The strengths and principles of qualitative research
    • Observational techniques
    • Different types of interviews
    • Visual materials 
    • Online and offline data
    • Ethnographic approaches and emerging inventive methodologies

    Key qualitative methods of analysis, e.g. content analysis, semiotic analysis (textual and visual), discourse analysis, feminist and gender studies, technical aids for analysis.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Students are expected to attend at least 80% of the total number of classes. Active participation in class discussions and exercises and timely submission of assignments is also required. These will include reporting on individual and group exercises (e.g. interviews) and a final paper of c. 2 500 words.

    Assessment is based on a criterion-referenced scale 0–5 for individual and pass-fail for group work.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Approximately 162h:

    Lectures and seminars 26h, reading 36h, independent and group work 100h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    These will be uploaded to MyCourses.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    For required and additional readings, see each week’s programme in the course handbook -pdf.

    We will be sharing more texts
    through the course, and uploading them, with other interesting resources, on
    All readings will be provided on MyCourses unless they are available
    online and/or in the library. 

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Arts L0103-Methods of Gathering Data, L0108-Methods of Gathering Qualitative Data

    Arts L0104-Methods of Analysing Data, L0109-Methods of Analysing Qualitative Data

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality

    10 Reduced Inequality

    17 Partnerships for the Goals