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KV200117 MENY2 Philosophy of Science and the Scientific Research Process 4 ECTS
Organised by
International Business
Person in charge
Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki
Preceding studies
Students should take MENY1 course and complete the Bachelor's Thesis before taking the course MENY2.

Learning outcomes

The course prepares students for critical and analytical thinking and trains them to question the concept of knowledge. After completing the course the students understand the nature, foundations and purpose of a scientific research process. They comprehend the stages of a scientific research process and are able to do justified choices for formulating a research strategy. The students are able to draft a research plan for the purposes of a Master's Thesis.


The course familiarizes students with the scientific theory building, the forms of scientific explanation, the accumulation of scientific knowledge, and the nature and stages of the scientific research process. The central themes of the course include selecting the research topic, formulating a research problem, structuring the research report, source criticism, trustworthiness, search and collection of data, conduct of conceptual research, philosophical foundations of research, theoretical framework, choice of research and analysis methods, conduct of analysis, and interpretation and reporting of results.

Teaching methods

No lectures.

Modes of study

Written exam, research plan for a Master's Thesis.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4. year autumn
4. year spring
5. year autumn
5. year spring

Study materials

Fisher, Colin, Researching and Writing a Dissertation. An Essential Guide for Business Students. 3rd edition. Harlow, England, Pearson Education Limited 2010.

Belongs to following study modules

Turku School of Economics
Turku School of Economics
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Department of Marketing and International Business
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Economic Geography
International Business
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