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TUKO1212 Practice-based research and theories of action, 5 ECTS cr. 
Code TUKO1212  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Practice-based research and theories of action  Abbreviation Practice-based 
Credits5 ECTS cr.  Date of expiry  
TypeTutkijakoulu Subject0957 Research Methodology 
ClassCourse  Hours  
Study right   GradingPass, Fail, Grades 1-5 
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Organisation Graduate School 


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.


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