The course is compulsory for students of the Study Track in Politics and Organisations and the Study Track in Media and Communication and optional to students of the Study Track in World Politics.
After completing the course, students will be proficient in the use and limitations of and the opportunities offered by the examined method. They will be able to apply the method to their own data both in their Master's thesis and later in their professions. They will also be able to critically evaluate research conducted with the method in question and put related results into a context of their own.
Spring term of the first year of studies or autumn term of the second year of studies. The term/teaching period varies from year to year.
The Master’s Programme in Politics, Media and Communication offers several advanced methods courses whose content varies from year to year. The course provides students with an opportunity to thoroughly familiarise themselves with one scientific method. The teaching content depends on the method under examination. In any event, teaching includes basic proficiency in using the method, its limitations and related fundamental premises. Thus, in addition to training students in using a method, the course also steers them to critically evaluate results gained using the method in question.
- Aaltola J & Valli R (2010): Ikkunoita tutkimusmetodeihin II
- Alasuutari P (2011): Laadullinen tutkimus 2.0 (4th, renewed edition). Tampere: Vastapaino
- Alkula T, Pöntinen S & Ylöstalo P: Sosiaalitutkimuksen kvantitatiiviset menetelmät
- Alvesson M. & Deetz S.: Doing Critical Management Research
- Cantijoch M., Gibson R. & Ward S. (eds.) (2014): Analyzing Media Data and Web Networks. Palgrave Macmillan
- Boje D. M.: Narrative Methods for Organization and Communication Research
- Ruusuvuori J & Nikander P & Hyvärinen M (eds.) (2010): Haastattelun analyysi
- Jokinen A Juhila K & Suoninen E (2012): Kategoriat, kulttuuri ja moraali. Johdatus kategoria-analyysiin. Tampere. Vastapaino
- Reese S. & Gandy Jr. O. & Grant A. (2010): Framing Public Life. Perspectives on Media and Our Understanding of the Social world. Routledge
- Pickering M. (ed.) (2008): Research Methods for Cultural Studies. Edinburgh University Press
- Rose G. (2011): Visual Methodologies (3th edition). Sage
- Silverman D .(2013): Doing Qualitative Research (4th edition). Sage (the previous edition included in earlier lists will also be accepted)
- Vesala K (2007): Argumentaatio ja tulkinta. Laadullisen asennetutkimuksen lähestymistapa
- Yin R. K. (2013): Case Study Research: Design and Methods (5th edition or later). Sage
Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0=fail, 1=pass, 2=satisfactory, 3=good, 4=very good, 5=excellent)
Instructions for examinations
- Faculty examinations re held in Porthania.
- Faculty examinations begin at 9.00. Students must arrive by 9.30 and may leave no earlier than 9.30.
- Students may take only writing utensils with them to their seats (no bags etc.). No programmable calculators or dictionaries are allowed.
- Mobile phones must be switched off.
- Examination answers must be returned to the invigilator in the examination envelope.
- Students must provide proof of identity when submitting their answers.
Contact teaching and assignments. Students are free to choose a method best suited to them. Contact teaching is available only to students of the Master’s Programme in Politics, Media and Communication, the Master's Programme in Global Politics and Communication and, in the case the course is taught in English, exchange students of these programmes. Completion methods will be further specified in the annual teaching programme.