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Qualitative data sampling, materials, and collection

The course introduces students to different types of sampling methods, qualitative data materials, research methods, and techniques used in the social sciences. Students will apply these methods by collecting and generating qualitative data materials during the course. After the course, the student will have knowledge of different forms of sampling and qualitative data materials, as well as be able to conduct and transcribe audio recorded from interviews and produce observation-based data.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The teaching will be based on lectures and seminars in the form of workshops in which the methods are applied.

    Due to the current situation with the corona pandemic, all teaching will be held online via pre-recorded lectures and live sessions or seminars on Zoom at a given date and time, with the lecturer(s) and students in attendance.

    Several sessions will require preparatory work consisting of readings or other preparations (see the Schedule, below, and Plans at the course website in Athena for detailed information on every session, e.g., readings, preparatory work, instructions, and links).

    Online attendance and active participation in the seminars are mandatory. In case of absence, the student will be given compensatory assignments to be submitted via Athena.

    The course will be taught in English.

    For more detailed information, please see the course description:  PH05A0_PH06A0 Course description, Spring term 2022 (291 Kb)


    Jessica Storbjörk and Jukka Törrönen

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    A detailed schedule for this course will be presented to all registered students in Athena, and in the course description (available above under 'Course structure').

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact


    Contact information for Master's students

    Study counsellor
    Study administrator
    Coordinator, master's programme
    Director of Studies, Basic and advanced levels