Extension studies

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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

15 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is that the student increases her/his vision of social and health care on a macro-, meso- and micro level, as a part of social politics, how it is implemented locally, and how it effects everyday life. The student develops skills to critically examine, interpret and present data according to scientific principles and learns how to argue for his/her conclusions. In addition, the student prepares to use national and international research in the work place as an innovative leader within the social and health care fields.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to;
- independently, but with supervision, write a thesis work
- present and argue for the findings in his/her thesis work
- critically examine and be an opponent for another students thesis work
- pass the maturity test

Course contents

Scientific thinking and the research process. Thesis work, working process and supervision. Thesis seminars, presenting a thesis and being an opponent to a thesis work.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Scientific theory, research methods and research ethics 1, 2 and 3

Previous course names

Thesis seminars

Additional information

All students should attend at least 10 thesis seminars ( Each student shall present his/her own thesis plan and final work work and be an opponent. ( = included in the total of 10 seminars). The opponent hands in her/his work in writing.
Keeping a list of attendance in seminars is the responsibility of each student. A thesis pass is available and it should be signed by a lecturer after the seminar.

Recommended or required reading

Arcada study guide (The Degree Thesis)
Arcada written instructions for Degree Thesis
Hakala, J. 2000. Creative thesis writing: a guide to development and research work. Helsinki: Gaudeamus. ISBN 951-662-786-2

Study activities

  • Small-group work - 90 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 180 hours
  • Individual studies - 130 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 400 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 400 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

1. During the course Scientific theory, research methods and research ethics 2 the student presents her/his thesis idea. When the idea is accepted the student gets a supervisor.
2. The student develops her/his thesis project and presents her/his thesis plan on a thesis plan seminar. These seminars are joint seminars with Swedish speaking programmes.
3. Students attend at least 15 thesis seminars (from the course 06, earlier courses 10 seminars) Students hand in a list (thesis passport) signed by the teachers in charge of the seminar.
4. A completed and accomplished thesis according to the guidelines
5. Thesis presentation both thesis forum and Degree thesis presentation
6. The student has to be an opponent
7. Maturity test
8.Thesis is submitted according to guidelines


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Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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