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BSRM3101 Introduction to Methodology 5 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies
Person in charge
Acad. Director

Learning outcomes

Students gain an insight on the role of methods as the backbone of the scientific research process. They learn about different research types, approaches and philosophies, research designs, data collection and stages of research process. They become familiar with the most commonly used methods in social sciences and humanities and know how to apply them independently in their own research projects. They will be capable of identifying and defining research questions, finding the most suitable research methods for different research approaches and independently devising a research strategy.


Course introduces the concept of methodology and discusses the function of method in scientific research. Students are familiarized with various research approaches used in social sciences and humanities (qualitative/quantitative, basic/applied, inductive/deductive) and relevant methodologies such as case-studies, qualitative/descriptive analysis, surveys, interviews, discourse analysis, longitudinal and cross-sectional studies, quantitative and statistical analysis, and participant observation. Main emphasis is on the qualitative methods, but also some quantitative methods that are applicable to the research carried out in the BSRS will be discussed. The main goal is to prepare the students to the independent use of scientific method in the research papers they are required to write in the Thematic Subject studies.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online

Modes of teaching/Teaching methods: Lectures, learning diary, group tasks and individual assignments.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Study journal / learning diary
  • In English
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
based on group tasks, individual assignments and learning diary.

Recommended year of study

1. year autumn
1. year spring

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Humanities
Academic and Professional Skills (MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Humanities
Studies at the Faculty of Humanities
MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies
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Postgraduate Degrees, hum