IHMJ3106 Etnographic Research in Online Settings (3–5 cr)

Study level:
Postgraduate studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Education and Psychology
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


Applying the insights, methods, and perspectives of ethnography to the virtual world issues is a delightful challenge for researchers interested in online communities of our information age. This presentation depicts traditional ethnographic research methodology and how it is applied to online settings. Specific viewpoints on ethnography are traditional Ethnography, Media Ethnography and Online ethnography. The course assignment concerns the actual research tasks that the participants work with. Participants are expected to accomplish a pre-course assignment and answer to these questions: 1. What do you already know about ethnography?, 2. What would you like to learn in this course, and 3. What kind of ethnographic research you plan to conduct?.

Learning outcomes

After the course the students have an overall perception of Traditional Ethnography, Media Ethnography, Online Ethnography

Additional information

Completion modes: The course includes a pre-course assignment, first training day with lectures, an online period with a research task assignment, second training day based on the online period’s work, and finalization of the course assignment. The language is English but also Finnish materials and discussions are feasible. Students who accomplish the whole course get 5 study points, and students who accomplish only the pre-course assignments and participate on the training days get 3 study points.

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
will be agreed upon in each study attainment
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (3–5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
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