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: 28.02.2022 - 30.03.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    100% assignments

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching 24 h
    Independent work 136 h
    Total 160 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    10 Reduced Inequality


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II, Spring IV

    2021-2022 Autumn II, Spring IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.