01.03.2016

Course descriptions

Master's Degree Programme in Development and International Cooperation

See degree structure here.

 

DEVS105 Basic Study Skills (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: Students will gain an overall understanding of the modalities of study in the D&IC programme. They will know how to prepare and update a Personal Study Plan for their course of study and will be familiar with the resources available at the University Library, and how to access them.
Contents:
The Basic Study Skills component comprises the following elements for all beginning students: guidance in the production of a Personal Study Plans; Optima and Korppi training; and an introduction to basic library usage at the University of Jyväskylä.
Completion mode:
All students will take part in sessions dedicated to introducing the basics of this programme, including procedures of study in Finnish university system, the preparation of a Personal Study Plan, internship information, an overview of online learning environments and two basic library skills sessions at the main library of the University of Jyväskylä.

 

DEVS001 Thesis Seminar 1 (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: In the course of the Seminar, students will gain a grasp of the main elements of a research proposal. They will learn the art of problematizing a research question. They will gain an understanding of the dynamic inter-relations of theory and data in the production of a major research report.
Contents: The first Thesis Seminar supports the students’ preparation of their detailed proposal for the pro gradu thesis research project. Students prepare and present three preliminary drafts of their proposal.  
Completion mode: Seminar meetings throughout the semester. The main activities comprise the preparation of written and oral presentations according to guidelines provided, and of active participation in group discussion during seminar sessions.

 

DEVS002 Thesis Seminar 2 (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: Students will learn to apply the basic techniques of data analysis in practice and will gain insights into the interpretation of their thesis data on the basis of contemporary theoretical debates. Students will also develop their academic writing skills.
Contents: The second Thesis Seminar is intended to support data analysis related to the pro gradu thesis, and to promote the writing-up of the research report.
Completion mode: Students prepare written and oral presentations based on their pro gradu thesis materials and discuss them in class.

Note: DEVS002 can also be undertaken in one of the thematic seminars provided at the department.

 

DEVS003 Thesis Seminar III (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: Students will master the basic skills required to complete a major independent research project.
Contents: The third Thesis Seminar is intended to support the completion of the pro gradu thesis.
Completion mode: Students prepare written and oral presentations based on their pro gradu thesis materials and discuss them in class.

Note: DEVS003 can also be undertaken in one of the thematic seminars provided at the department.


DEVS222 Globalization: Perspectives from development, culture and civil society (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: Students learn the basic processes and concepts related to globalization and are able to analyze the elements constituting it in the contexts of development, culture and civil society.
Content: This course familiarizes students with the current research, theories and concepts of globalization. The course presents theoretical perspectives and empirical case studies of both global and local civil society action in regard to globalization.
Completion mode: The course includes lectures, workshops and an essay on
Held & McGrew (eds) (2007): Globalization theory: approaches and controversies. Polity Press, and on additional readings assigned by lecturers.
In case lectures and workshops will not be arranged, completion mode: exam/essay/reading circle on the additional books assigned by lecturers.
Literature:

  • 1.) Held & McGrew (eds) (2007): Globalization theory: approaches and controversies. Polity Press
  • 2.) Additional readings assigned by lecturers

Note: This is a joint course with the Master’s Programmes in Cultural Policy and Civil Society.


MCPS020 Contemporary debates in social theory (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: Aim of the course is to prepare students to approach cultural policy and development questions from the social scientific perspective. After the course, students understand different standpoints in regard to the role of theory in social research and are able to explain the most important concepts and theoretical frameworks. Students are familiar with the latest research of the field and are able to apply theoretical knowledge to empirical phenomena and data analysis, as well as to create new research perspectives on this basis. In addition, student learns to present reasoned, well-informed descriptions and observations on phenomena.
Content
:  The course presents selected modern theories, concepts and approaches in social sciences, especially in regard to their importance in research of cultural policy, development and civil society. The course begins with reflections on the role of theory in social research and proceeds to presenting the central concepts and structure of the selected theories and provides examples of their use in research related to the specific themes of the course. Theorists and approaches related to poststructuralism, critical theory, Marxism, Science and technology studies and gender studies will be discussed.
Completion mode
: The course includes lectures, group works in which the students discuss and analyze selected academic articles, and literacy essay / exam. The course includes a workshop in which the groups present and discuss their works.
Literature
: Choose two of the following readings. (If completing the whole course as an essay/book exam, choose four of the following readings.)

  • 1. Adorno, Theodor W. & Max Horkheimer: Dialectic of enlightenment, 1984. /Adorno, Theodor W. & Max Horkheimer: Valistuksen dialektiikka, 2008
  • 2. Alhanen, Kai (2011): Käytännöt ja ajattelu Michel Foucault’n filosofiassa.
  • 3. Becker, Howard (1982 or 2008): Art worlds.
  • 4. Bourdieu, Pierre: The field of cultural production: essays on art and literature, 1993.
  • 5. Bourdieu, Pierre: Rules of art, 1996.
  • 6. Coutinho, Carlos: Gramsci's Political Thought, 2013.
  • 7. Dean, Mitchell M. (2010): Governmentality. Power and Rule in Modern Society, 2010.
  • 8. Habermas, Jürgen: The theory of communicative action. Vol. 2: Lifeworld and systems: a critique of functionalist theory, 1989.
  • 9. Escobar, Arturo: Encountering Development. The Making and Unmaking of the Third World.
  • 10. Gramsci, Antonio: Selections from the Prison Notebooks. Edited and translated by Quintin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith, 1978.
  • 11. Latour, Bruno: Reassembling the Social. An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory, 2005.
  • 12. Harding, Sandra (1986): The science question in feminism.
  • 13. Harding, Sandra (2008): Sciences From Below: Feminisms, Postcolonialities, and Modernities.
  • 14. Joas, Hans: The Creativity of Action, 1996.
  • 15. Lloyd, David & Paul Thomas (1998): Culture and the State.
  • 16. Pyykkönen, Miikka & Ilkka Kauppinen (toim.) (2014): 1900-luvun ranskalainen yhteiskuntateoria.
  • 17. Rorty, Richard: Philosophy as Cultural Politics, 2007.
  • 18. van Maanen, Hans (2009): How to Study Art Worlds?
  • 19. Williams, Raymond (1981): Culture, 1981.

Note: This is a joint course with the Master’s Programme in Cultural Policy.

 

DEVS208 Classics of development (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: The students gain an understanding of the main approaches to development policy, different forms of aid, as well as the debates surrounding these.
Contents:
This contemporary literature exam introduces contemporary debates about international development policy.
Completion mode:
This unit can be completed either in a monitored reading circle or as an e-exam.
Literature:
Three selections from the following list. Choose at most one from each category:

A. The idea of development

  • 1. Cowen, M. & R. Shenton (1996): Doctrines of development
  • 2. Sen, A. (2001): Development as Freedom

B. Post-development critique

  • 3. Escobar, A. (2012 ed.): Encountering development
  • 4. Mies, M. & V. Shiva (1993): Ecofeminism

C. Global political economy

  • 5. Gill, Stephen (2008) (2nd ed): Power and resistance in the New World Order
  • 6. North, Douglass (1993): Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance

Additional case-study literature that can be used in essays/reading circles:

  • 1. Blaser, M. (2010): Story-telling globalization from the Chaco and beyond
  • 2. Ferguson, J. (1994): Anti-politics machine
  • 3. Li, T.M. (2007): Will to improve
  • 4. Mitchell, T. (2002): Rule of experts
  • 5. Mosse, D. (2005): Cultivating development
  • 6. Tendler, J. (1998): Good government in the tropics

 

DEVS308 Development Policy and Management (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: Students gain a broadened and deepened understanding of the variety of development policies and key concepts and tools of managing development.  They learn to apply the central development management tools and critically examine development policies, implementation and management. Additionally, students learn team work, time-management and taking perspectives of different actors in the field development. 
Contents: The course presents first diverse forms of development policies at international and national levels and proceeds to discuss the practical tools of in development management such as the Project Cycle, Logical Framework Approach (LFA), budgeting and participatory methods. The course includes introductory lectures and guided group works which take student through the steps of project planning and implementation.
Completion mode: Introductory lectures, a step-by-step guided group work during which a complete Project Document is produced. The course is evaluated on the basis of the group work.
Literature: A pool of readings that the groups use while preparing their assignments is supplied by the instructor.

 

DEVS107 Introduction to the philosophy of the Social Sciences (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: Students understand the epistemological foundations of social science analysis.
Contents:
This course introduces students to the mechanisms of abstraction; the basic forms of reasoning; the basics of probability; the relationship between explanation and interpretation; and the difference between correlation and causation. The course will also discuss the role of values and affect in social science analysis and review the key ethical issues at stake in social research.
Completion mode:
Students attend lectures / supervised reading circle, read assigned literature in support of designated content and carry out classroom debates. They write a final essay.
Literature:

  • 1. Flyvbjerg, Bent (2001): Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails and How it Can Succeed Again.
  • 2. Godfrey-Smith, Peter (2003): Theory and Reality, an Introduction to the Philosophy of Science. Chapters 13 and 14.

Note: This course is to be organized in collaboration with the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

 

DEVS306 Advanced Research Methods (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: Students will gain practical facility with the methodological tools they will exercise in their pro gradu thesis project.
Contents: The course content will vary by the methods in question.

Completion mode: This unit can be completed in various ways and will rely on courses organized by or in collaboration with the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy.
Literature: A reading list is supplied by the instructor in charge.

 

DEVS502 Lecture Passport (0-5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: Students develop their skills to critically reflect on the lectures and on their own learning process. They can examine the content of the lectures in relation to what they have learned in the compulsory studies in the Master’s Programme in Development and International Cooperation.
Contents: Lecture passport encourages students to take advantage of the open lectures, seminars and presentations that are not included in the student’s compulsory studies in Development and International Cooperation (D&IC). Lectures that are offered by the D&IC programme and its partner departments (Education, Biological and Environmental Science, Social Sciences and Philosophy) are automatically accepted as lecture passport entries. Lectures offered outside of these departments (or even outside of the University of Jyväskylä) may be counted pending approval from the D&IC Lecturer or Professor. 2 ECTS will be awarded to students who submit a lecture journal based on a set of five (5) lectures (each lecture = 2 hours). A maximum of 5 ECTS credits earned in this way can be counted towards the Master’s degree requirements.
Completion mode: It is the responsibility of each student to research and obtain approval for lectures that might be counted as credit under the lecture passport series. Announcements about development-related lectures are regularly posted on the university and departments’ websites. The staff of D&IC programme will also send information about suitable lectures for passport via Optima. Finally, students’ own suggestions will be accepted if they provide sufficient information about the lecture and seek endorsement for it from one of the D&IC coordinators in advance.

Note: that some seminars and conferences may be closed to participation and/or a participation fee may be required. Therefore, please contact the organizers beforehand and confirm the terms of participation.
Students should verify their attendance by asking a lecturer or a representative of the organizing party to sign the lecture passport.

Having attended 5 lectures, students should write a learning journal (1 page per 2 hour lecture) where they critically discuss the contents of lectures and ponder what they have learnt. The point is not to summarize the lecture, but to focus and critically reflect upon one (or max. two) key points.

After completing this, the journal should be submitted to the Senior Lecturer of Development and International Cooperation in hard copy format. The Lecturer will then provide a final grade of 1-5 and report the credits to the academic register.

 

DEVS700 International Internship (10 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: Students will understand the organization and workings of development organizations (international, inter-governmental, national or local), and will acquired the basic practical and analytical skills required to perform successfully in such working contexts.
Contents: The D&IC MA programme allows for students to pursue an internship with a firm or organization active in the area of international development. Alternatively, students can take advantage of Jyväskylä University’s diverse academic exchange networks in Europe and elsewhere. Many students seek to combine an internship/exchange period with data collection for their MA thesis.
Completion mode: The practicalities of an exchange/internship period are to be agreed upon with the programme coordinator.

 

DEVS802 Master’s Thesis (30-40 ECTS)

Content: Students produce a master’s thesis that illustrates their ability to perform research independently and write a coherent and well-articulated academic study.
Completion mode:
See further instructions on the website of the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

 

DEVS803 Maturity (0 ECTS)

Content and completion mode: https://www.jyu.fi/en/studywithus/programmes/devi/study-info/maturity

 

Major subject requirements - Course Descriptions

See degree structure here.

 

Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences:

Philosophy (10 ECTS)

Philosophy10 ECTS
Two optional courses, 5 ECTS/course
(FILS5xx and/or YFIS5xx)

The studies comprise of  on the fields, traditions and/or trends of philosophy (FILS5XX and/or YFIS5XX)*: for example ontology, epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, philosophical anthropology, social and political philosophy, philosophy of education, aesthetics, analytical philosophy, phenomenology and critical theory.
Contact staff of the unit of philosophy if needed.

*FILS5XX/YFIS5XX courses are listed on the study programme in Korppi.

 

 

Political Science (10 ECTS)

Political Science10 ECTS
  • VALS004 Methods of Political Analysis II (5 ECTS)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • VALS423 Contemporary Debates on World Politics (5 ECTS)
  • VALS430 Classical and Early Modern Political Theory (5 ECTS)
  • VALS440 Modern Theory of Politics (5 ECTS)

 

Course contents:

VALS004 Methods of Political Analysis II (5 ECTS)

Content: This is an advanced-level course with the focus on research methods of reading political language and visual phenomena. The course work supports the students’ own master’s thesis study.
Learning outcomes:
Students are able to select research materials and a variety of approaches for the analysis of texts and other sources. Students are able to employ particular research methods and practices in their own master’s thesis and to conduct their study in the most applicable manner.
Completion mode:
Essay. Students can complete part of the course also by attending lectures or a study circle and preparing a presentation if such alternatives are arranged. In this case, students should consult the examiner of the course.
Literature:
Choose two of the following:

  • Banks, M.: Visual Methods in Social Research (e-book)
  • Boje, D.M.: Narrative Methods for Organizational and Communication Research
  • Dean, M.: Governmentality. Power and Rule in Modern Society
  • Garsten, B.: Saving Persuasion
  • Hart, R.P.: Modern Rhetorical Criticism
  • Heikkinen, V., P. Hiidenmaa & U. Tiililä: Teksti työnä, virka kielenä [N.B. Available only in Finnish. This title is not part of the required literature when completing the course in English.]
  • Hirschman, A.O.: The Rhetoric of Reaction
  • Koselleck, R.: Vergangene Zukunft (1979) OR Futures Past (2004) (e-book)
  • Koski, A.: Niinkö on jos siltä näyttää? [N.B. Available only in Finnish. This title is not part of the required literature when completing the course in English.]
  • Miller, P. & N. Rose: Governing the Present (In Finnish: Miten meitä hallitaan. Vastapaino, 2010.)
  • Miller, Hugh T.: Governing narratives: Symbolic politics and policy change
  • Munslow, A.: Narrative and History
  • Nousiainen, M.: Hallinta, osallistuminen ja toimijuus – tulkintoja suomalaisen leader-toiminnan poliittisuuksista [N.B. Available only in Finnish. This title is not part of the required literature when completing the course in English.]
  • Palonen, K.: The Struggle with Time
  • Schatz, E. (toim.): Political Ethnography
  • Skinner, Q.: Visions of Politics Vol. 1: Regarding Method (e-book)
  • Tilli, J.: The Continuation War 1941-1944 as a Metanoic Moment. A Burkean Reading of Finnish Clerical Rhetoric
  • Torfing, J.: New Theories of Discourse: Laclau, Mouffe and Žižek
  • Walters, W. & J.H. Haahr: Governing Europe (e-book)
  • Wodak, R.: The Discourse of Politics in Action. Politics as Usual
  • Peltonen, M.: Rhetoric, Politics and Popularity in Pre-revolutionary England

 

Choose one of the following courses:

VALS423 Contemporary Debates on World Politics (5 ECTS)

Learning outcomes: Understanding the importance of following new debates in research of world politics
Content: Deepening understanding of one’s specific field of research, f. ex. in respect the world regions such as Asia, America or Europe, or in respect to functional fields such as conflict resolution, integration policy, or economic policy.  
Completion mode: Essay or seminar/reading circle
Literature: A collection of articles endorsed by the examiner from journals such as the Asia-Europe Journal, Foreign Affairs, International Affairs, Journal of Common Market Studies, or World Politics.

 

VALS430 Classical and Early Modern Political Theory (5 ECTS)

Content: Students focus on one classical or early modern theory of politics by reading one classic title and one commentary on it.
Learning outcomes:
Students have the ability to interpret classical texts and critically analyse the traditional canon of political theory.
Completion mode:
Essay.
Literature:
Choose one of the following:

  • Aristoteles: The Politics (Πολιτικά) (in Finnish: Politiikka, Teokset VIII) AND
    Yack, B.: The Problems of a Political Animal
  • Hegel, G.W.F.: Elements of the Philosophy of Right (Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts) (in Finnish: Oikeusfilosofia) AND
    Franco P.: Hegel’s Philosophy of Freedom.
  • Hobbes, T.: Leviathan (Chapters I–II) (e-book) AND
    Jakonen, M.: Multitude in Motion
  • Smith, A.: The Wealth of Nations AND
    Montes, L.: Adam Smith in Context
  • Machiavelli, N.: The Discourses on Livy (Discorsi) (in Finnish: Valtiollisia mietelmiä) AND
    Skinner, Q.: The Foundations of Modern Political Thought Vol. I: The Renaissance
  • Platon/Plato: The Republic (Πολιτεία) (in Finnish: Valtio, Teokset IV) AND
    Rosen, S.: Plato’s Republic (e-book)
  • Rousseau, J.-J.: On The Social Contract, Or Principles of Political Right (Du contrat social) (in Finnish: Yhteiskuntasopimuksesta) AND
    Strong, T.B.: Jean-Jacques Rousseau: The Politics of the Ordinary.

 

VALS440 Modern Theory of Politics (5 ECTS)

Content: Students familiarise themselves with one of the current themes and methods of argumentation in modern theory of politics.
Learning outcomes:
Students have the ability to apply concepts of modern political theory to analyses of contemporary society.
Completion mode:
Essay.
Literature:
Choose one of the following:

  • Agamben, G.: Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life (Homo Sacer: Il potero sovrano e la nuda vita) AND
    Esposito, R.: Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy (Bios: biopolitica e filosofia)
  • Beauvoir, S. de: The Second Sex (Le Deuxième sexe) (In Finnish: Toinen sukupuoli) AND
    Cornell, D.: At the Heart of Freedom: Feminism, Sex & Equality
  • Laclau, E. & C. Mouffe: Hegemony and Socialist Strategy AND
    Butler, J.: The Psychic Life of Power
  • Marchart, O.: Post-Foundational Political Thought AND
    Ranciere, J.: Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy (La Mésentente) (in Finnish: Erimielisyys)
  • Habermas, J.: Between Facts and Norms (Faktizität und Geltung) AND
    Habermas, J.: The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit) (in Finnish: Julkisuuden rakennemuutos)

 

 

    Sociology (10 ECTS)

    Sociology10 ECTS

    Studies in methodology (5 ECTS):

    • SOSS235 Advanced Methods in Social Sciences, Book Examination (5 ECTS)
    • Recommended complementary course before SOSS235 if needed:
      • YFIA205 Basics of Research Methodology in Social Sciences (5 ECTS)

    Choose one of the following:

    • SOSS110 Contemporary Sociology (5 ECTS)
    • SOSS112 Introduction to Classics of Sociology (5 ECTS)

     

    Course contents:

    SOSS235 Advanced Methods in Social Sciences, Book Examination (5 ECTS)

    Learning outcomes: Upon completing this course, students will master in-depth some key theoretic-methodological approaches of the social sciences.
    Content: The course content is to study more deeply the theoretic-methodological approaches of the social sciences.
    Completion mode: Literature examination. Literature can also be done with writing essays or performing lectures agreed with the examiner.
    Literature:
    Choose two books from the following:

    • A: Heritage, J. (1984): Garfinkel ja etnometodologia. Polity
    • B: Layder, D. (1998): Sociological Practice. Linking Theory and Social Research. Sage
    • C: Yin, R. (2014): Case Study Research. Design and Methods (5th ed.). Sage
    • D: Ragin, C. & L. Amoroso (2011): Constructing Social Research: The Unity and Diversity of Method (2nd ed.). Sage
    • E: Strauss, A.L. & J.M. Corbin (1998 or 2008): Basics of Qualitative Research. Sage
    • F: Töttö, P. (2004): Syvällistä ja pinnallista. Teoria, empiria ja kausaalisuus sosiaalitutkimuksessa. Vastapaino. [This title is not part of the required literature when completing the course in English.]

     

      Recommended complementary course before SOSS235 if needed:
      YFIA205 Basics of Research Methodology in Social Sciences (5 ECTS)

      Learning outcomes: By the end of the course student is acquainted with scientific method and empirical research process in social sciences, understands the relationship between method and theory, has a general understanding of qualitative and quantitative research orientations and methodology, and is able to read and evaluate empirical studies and use basic methods in qualitative and quantitative methodology.
      Content:
      The module is aimed at students who are about to start their BA or MA thesis. It consists of lectures on qualitative and quantitative research methods and related tutorials. Lectures consist of themes such as: different stages of empirical research process, differences between qualitative and quantitative methodology, different methods of data collection and analysis, research ethics and scientific writing.
      Completion mode:
      lectures and tutorials, two short papers
      Literature:

      • Bryman, Alan (2012): Social Research Methods (4th Edition). (exact chapters will be announced later)

       

      Choose one of the following courses:

      SOSS110 Contemporary Sociology (5 ECTS)

      Content: Students are introduced to key theorists of contemporary sociology.
      Learning outcomes:
      Students are able to describe and assess key debates and discussions concerning contemporary sociological theories and recognise their points of departure. They have the ability to distinguish different traditions and recognise their similarities and dissimilarities. Students are able to utilise theories of sociology in their own analyses.
      Completion mode:
      Book exam. Students can substitute part of the book exam with lectures and/or a study circle if such alternatives are arranged. In this case, students should consult the instructor of the course.
      Literature:
      Choose two of the following titles:

      • 1. Bourdieu, P. (1990).: The Logic of Practice. Polity Press
      • 2. Luhmann, N. (2013): Introduction to Systems Theory. Polity Press
      • 3. Goffman, E. (1986): Frame Analysis: An Essay on the Organization of Experience. Northeastern
      • 4. Joas, H. (1996): The Creativity of Action. Polity Press

       

      SOSS112 Introduction to Classics of Sociology (5 ECTS)

      Content: The sociological understanding of society and the theoretical approaches to the study of society are to a large extent derived from the classics of sociology. The course introduces students to classical theories of sociology.
      Learning outcomes:
      Students are able to assess the characteristics of some of the key classics in sociology: the basic structures of theory, concepts and methodology. Students recognise the role and influence of the classics in contemporary research. Students are able to approach empirical reality in their own study in a reasoned manner and to utilise the classics in a critical assessment of their own research.
      Completion mode:
      Book exam. Students can substitute part of the book exam with lectures and/or a study circle if such alternatives are arranged. In this case, students should consult the instructor of the course.
      Literature:
      Choose one of the following sections:

      • 1. Durkheim, É.: The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life (Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse) (in Finnish: Uskontoelämän alkeismuodot) AND
        Durkheim, É.: The Division of Labour in Society (De la division du travail social) (in Finnish: Sosiaalisesta työnjaosta)
      • 2. Marx, K.: Capital, Vol I (Das Kapital I, Kritik der politischen Ökonomie) (in Finnish: Pääoma I)
      • 3. Weber, M.: Economy and Society (translated by Guenther Roth and Claus Wittich), 1978, pp. 1–56, 212–299, 302–307, 399–529 and 956–1003 OR
        Weber, M.: Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, pp. 1–30, 122–180, 245–381 and 551–579
        AND

        Weber, M.: Die Protestantische Ethik und der Geist der Kapitalismus (in English: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism; in Finnish: Protestanttinen etiikka ja kapitalismin henki)
      • 4. Simmel, G.: Soziologie OR
        Wolff, Kurt H.: The Sociology of Georg Simmel

       

       

      Social and Public Policy (15 ECTS)

      Social and Public Policy15 ECTS

      Studies in methodology (5 ECTS):

      • SOSS235 Advanced Methods in Social Sciences, Book Examination (5 ECTS)
      • Recommended complementary course before SOSS235 if needed:
        • YFIA205 Basics of Research Methodology in Social Sciences (5 ECTS)

       

      Core courses (10 ECTS):

      • YKPS321 Normative foundations (5 ECTS)
      • YKPS325 Classics and Theory History (5 ECTS)

       

      Course contents:

      SOSS235 Advanced Methods in Social Sciences, Book Examination (5 ECTS)

      Learning outcomes: Upon completing this course, students will master in-depth some key theoretic-methodological approaches of the social sciences.
      Content:
      The course content is to study more deeply the theoretic-methodological approaches of the social sciences.
      Completion mode:
      Literature examination. Literature can also be done with writing essays or performing lectures agreed with the examiner.
      Literature:
      Choose two books from the following:

      • A: Heritage, J. (1984): Garfinkel ja etnometodologia. Polity
      • B: Layder, D. (1998): Sociological Practice. Linking Theory and Social Research. Sage
      • C: Yin, R. (2014): Case Study Research. Design and Methods (5th ed.). Sage
      • D: Ragin, C. & L. Amoroso (2011): Constructing Social Research: The Unity and Diversity of Method (2nd ed.). Sage
      • E: Strauss, A.L. & J.M. Corbin (1998 or 2008): Basics of Qualitative Research. Sage
      • F: Töttö, P. (2004): Syvällistä ja pinnallista. Teoria, empiria ja kausaalisuus sosiaalitutkimuksessa. Vastapaino. [This title is not part of the required literature when completing the course in English.]

       

      Recommended complementary course before SOSS235 if needed:

      YFIA205 Basics of Research Methodology in Social Sciences (5 ECTS)

      Learning outcomes: By the end of the course student is acquainted with scientific method and empirical research process in social sciences, understands the relationship between method and theory, has a general understanding of qualitative and quantitative research orientations and methodology, and is able to read and evaluate empirical studies and use basic methods in qualitative and quantitative methodology.
      Content: The module is aimed at students who are about to start their BA or MA thesis. It consists of lectures on qualitative and quantitative research methods and related tutorials. Lectures consist of themes such as: different stages of empirical research process, differences between qualitative and quantitative methodology, different methods of data collection and analysis, research ethics and scientific writing.
      Completion mode: lectures and tutorials, two short papers
      Literature:

      • Bryman, Alan (2012): Social Research Methods (4th Edition). (exact chapters will be announced later)

       

        Core courses:

        YKPS321 Normative Foundations (5 ECTS)

        Content: Contemporary examples of literature on normative foundations of social and public policy.
        Learning outcomes:
        Students are able to recognise social and public policy as a field of study in the wider framework of social theory.
        Completion mode:
        Book exam.
        Literature:
        Choose two of the following titles:

        • 1. Sen, A. (2001): Development as Freedom
        • 2. Serres, M. (1994): Luontosopimus [This title is not part of the required literature when completing the course in English.]
        • 3. Lister et al. (2007): Gendering Citizenship in Western Europe: New Challenges for Citizenship Research in a Cross-National Context
        • 4. Rothstein, B. (1998): Just Institutions Matter
        • 5. Pogge, T. (2008): World Poverty and Human Rights (2nd edition)
        • 6. Sennett, R. (2006): The Culture of New Capitalism


        YKPS325 Classics and Theory History (5 ECTS)

        Learning outcomes: By the end of the course the student will be able to understand the discipline of social and public policy in the larger context of social theories.
        Content:
        Alternative classics of social science.
        Completion mode:
        Book exam (as an eExam or an ordinary exam).
        Literature:
        Choose two of the following subsets (e.g, A and C):

        • A. Durkheim, E.: The division of labor in society. New York & London 1964 AND
          Durkheim, E.: Suicide: a study in sociology. Free Press 1966.
        • B. Marx, K.: Capital : a critique of political economy. Vol. I, Book one, The process of production of capital. Electric Book Co 2001. AND
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