Two workshops will be organized every year by the senior scientists of the doctoral programme.

Mapping methodologies: from qualitative to post(conventional) qualitative in human sciences

The course will attend to emerging methodologies in human sciences by mapping central paradigm shifts in the history of science. The methodological approaches produced by postmodernist, post-structural and post-human theories will be highlighted in ways in which they challenge prevailing methodologies and thus diversify claims for what counts as scientific knowledge production. The course aims to blur the division of theory and practice in research as well as to provide means for diversifying the methodological approaches. Examples of research that bridges and fuses disciplinary boundaries (education, geography, philosophy, history and cultural studies) are an explicit focus.   


Childhood as a multidisciplinary research area

By utilizing the expertise of many faculties and research groups, the course will approach childhood from the perspectives of multiple research fields, such as philosophy, psychology, education, linguistics, arts, history, and social sciences. The course will focus on the fundamental questions concerning childhood as a phenomenon as well as child’s position and rights in a scientific research process. The course will provide opportunities for the students: 1) to explore different theoretical approaches and conceptions of childhood; 2) to familiarize with diverse methodological approaches and methods used in childhood research; and 3) to analyze the ethical challenges of childhood research.


Health, well-being and society:

Multidisciplinary workshop on the changing conceptions of health and illness and on the transition from "welfare state" to the "culture of well-being" in Europe and especially Finland. This workshop examines and discusses historical, cultural, societal, economic and political contexts of health (including mental health) and well-being. Potential themes to explore include medicalisation, health and well-being as business, disease mongering, change from the "psychodynamic" self to "pharmaceutical self" as well as the cult of healthism that has affected the modern western identity.  


Approaches to learning and interaction research

Learning and Interaction Observation Forum (LeaForum) provides possibilities for multi-disciplinary interaction research, common equipment resources for recording and observation and related research-driven doctoral education. The course will provide theoretical approaches to interaction research in learning and educational theories, social psychology and linguistics. The methodological approaches, such as video research, speech and eye tracking, interview techniques and use of various modern terminal devices in investigating different group situations, as well as various situations related to consumer behaviour, advertising, organizational learning, negotiations and interpersonal interaction will be introduced and data analyses approaches studied.


Language and social action

This course examines the significance of language, discourse and multimodality for research in the human sciences. It focuses on different methodological approaches currently employed in the study of social action and interaction, emphasizing multimodal and mediated perspectives. Such approaches include multimodal discourse analysis and conversation analysis, and larger research strategies that may combine the above, such as nexus analysis. The course will examine the possibilities and constraints of these methodological choices, thus enabling a doctoral student to make informed decisions on how to incorporate aspects of language and interaction into their research.


Space and Time Odyssey: Investigating Changing Spatio-temporalities

This course offers interdisciplinary lectures on societal change and its temporal and spatial dimensions. Researchers introduce recent advances in history and human geography. Particular emphasis will be on different theoretical perspectives through which it is possible to investigate themes such as borders, tourism, spatial and social transformation of the state as well as the changing conceptions of citizenship and the relations of science and social planning. The aim of the course is to provide theoretical and methodological frameworks for studying changes in space (human geography) and time (history).

Last updated: 25.6.2013