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TUKO1212 Practice-based research and theories of action, 5 op 
Koodi TUKO1212  Voimassaolo 01.01.1950 -
Nimi Practice-based research and theories of action  Lyhenne Practice-based 
Laajuus5 op  Vanhenemisaika  
TyyppiTutkijakoulu Oppiaine0957 Tutkimusmenetelmät 
LajiOpintojakso  Tuntimäärä  
Opinto-oikeus   ArvosteluHyväksytty, hylätty, arvosanat 1-5 
Suositeltu suoritusaika 
Vastuuyksikkö Tutkijakoulu 


The principal learning objective of the course is to familiarize doctoral candidates with diverse research traditions of practice research. After completing the course, doctoral candidates are able to:
- position their own thesis work within different streams of practice research
- evaluate implications of different philosophical and theoretical underpinnings for the research strategy and practice of their own research
- generate interesting and publishable research problems in their own fields
- analyze agency, action and practices.


Recently, there has been a growing interest in studying social phenomena from practice-based perspectives. This so called ‘practice turn’ may be seen as a critical response to the preoccupation of scholars with either individual agency or social structures in explaining social action and phenomena. In much of this literature, the particular theoretical and methodological appropriations of ‘practice theory’ vary as different scholars draw from somewhat different philosophical traditions with different ontological and epistemological assumptions. As a result, what is known as the ‘practice approach’ is in fact a somewhat heterogeneous field of scholarship with a range of distinctive approaches to the study of action, practices, and the performative effects of these.

The purpose of this course is to map out and explore the internal diversity of practice-based approaches to social theory in general and management and organization studies in particular. The course identifies and scrutinizes the philosophical, theoretical and methodological underpinnings of different approaches and elaborates the ways in which these background assumptions come to guide theorizing and empirical analysis in research practice. We’ll also focus on the recent emphasis on the sociomateriality of practices, the body as a site of knowing and the co-constitution of human and more-than-human as well as the performative effects of these sociomaterial entanglings. Throughout the course, a number of empirical research examples (based on lecturers’ and students’ work) are discussed.

Edeltävät opinnot 

The course is organised for doctoral candidates at the University of Lapland, in the doctoral programme Culture-based service design. Doctoral candidates from other programmes are also welcome to participate in the course.

Toteutus ja työmuodot 

The course will consist of discussions about the lectures proposed. Throughout the course, a number of empirical research examples are employed and discussed.

Vaadittavat suoritukset 

Before the classes, the doctoral candidates are expected to familiarize themselves with the pre-readings and carry out pre-assignments. The materials will be distributed via Optima to those who have signed up for the course within the registration period.


Pass, Fail, Grades 1-5


Adjunct Professor Pikka-Maaria Laine (pikka-maaria.laine@ulapland.fi)
Guest Lecturers: Professor Johanna Moisander and Senior Lecturer Saija Katila, both from Aalto University School of Business




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