TAHS112 Theory for Master's Thesis (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The course supports planning and execution of the master's thesis by helping to find theoretical literature suitable for the topic, to comprehend the importance of theory in research and to amplify theoretical knowledge and gain insight into the qualities of one’s own research.

Completion methods

Classes (only in Finnish) and independent work (essays or exam).

Assessment details

Active participation in teaching and completion of agreed upon exercises. The evaluation criteria will be given in more detail in the syllabus.

Learning outcomes

Goals of proficiency
After completing the course unit the student
• knows how to reflect on the role and importance of theory in her/his Master’s thesis,
• is able to choose theoretical literature to support her/his argumentation,
• can argue for the theoretical choices and solutions in the context of her/his investigation.

Additional information

The language of instruction will be stated in the syllabus

Description of prerequisites

It would be good to have outlined the topic of the Master's thesis before attending the course, in order to be of the highest utility to the student.

Besides students of art history and art education, also students working on culture and cultural environment or visual materials are welcome, especially if they want to reflect upon theory and its significance in their study and learn to relate their own topic, from different points of view, to a broader context.

Study materials

During the course, the student will become acquainted with applicable literature for the theoretical frame of her/his Master's thesis, and she/he selects the literature for the assignment. The literature for the assignment can vary according to objectives, difficulty and language (on average of 3 monographs, 15 articles, or 400-500 pages; one monograph is equal to 4-5 articles). The student and the teacher will agree on the final quality and the amount of reading for the assignment during the course.

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish