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BSRM3101 Introduction to Methodology 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies
MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies
Faculty of Humanities

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.

General description

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.

Teacher responsible

Senior Lecturer Nina Tynkkynen & al


18-Oct-2016 – 31-Jan-2017
Lectures 26 h
Tue 18-Oct-2016 - 31-Jan-2017 weekly at 12.00-14.00, E123, Gender studies seminar room

Evaluation criteria

based on group tasks, individual assignments and learning diary.

Further information

For BSRM Master's programme's first year students.