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The course provides an overview of an emerging scholarly focus, computational social science.

Through exploring computational social science methods and their use in social sciences today, this course helps students to engage with questions on research design for computational social sciences. By the end of the course,

* students are able to develop research designs which benefit from computational social science methods
* students are able to critically evaluate research plans or published papers which use computational social science methods in terms of feasibility, validity, reliability, ethics and contribution.

For details on course content, see the online syllabus: http://opetus.mante.li/computationalsocialscience/.

6.8.2019 at 12:00 - 6.9.2019 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Fri 6.9.2019
14:15 - 16:45
Fri 20.9.2019
14:15 - 16:45
Fri 4.10.2019
14:15 - 16:45
Fri 18.10.2019
14:15 - 16:45
Fri 15.11.2019
14:15 - 16:45
Fri 22.11.2019
14:15 - 16:45
Tue 3.12.2019
09:15 - 11:45


  • The Doctoral seminar of the discipline of the methodologies course
  • Other methodologies courses that might supplement or complement the core course taken relevant to the PhD candidate's research project, with advice from the candidate's supervisor.
  • To develop sufficient skills in all research methods required to successfully carry out empirical research within the PhD candidate's chosen field of expertise in the social sciences
  • To develop an ability to distinguish between techniques and tools of research, and the epistemological and theoretical logic guiding these techniques
  • To develop an ability to draw on the methodologies learned to solve research problems.

Determined by each discipline. Before primary research begins.

The details are specified by each discipline. All courses will provide training in methods and/or methodologies specific to the requirements of their discipline.

Literature recommended will depend upon disciplinary specialisation.

Teaching methods used will depend upon disciplinary specialisation, and may include both practical and theoretical training techniques.

The assessment criteria will depend upon disciplinary requirements.

Language of instruction: English/Finnish/Swedish

  • Dependent upon the requirements of the discipline and research methodologies required by the doctoral research being undertaken by the PhD candidate.
  • In all cases, the candidate must demonstrate success in both gaining the skills needed to make use of the methods/methodologies taught, and that the candidate understands the epistemological and theoretical logic behind these methods/methodologies.