Qualitative Research Methods

SSW SR 906

This course provides doctoral students with foundational knowledge of some of the major theories and practices of qualitative research. The history of qualitative methods is reviewed to situate this long-standing approach within current practices in the social sciences. A variety of approaches to data collection (ethnography, observation, focus groups and individual interviewing) and analysis (narrative, grounded theory, Listening Guide) are introduced along with ethical issues in the practice of qualitative research. Strategies for enhancing rigor are discussed as are writing qualitative research proposals and publications. A series of exercises culminates in a proposal for a small qualitative research project along with an accompanying IRB application. (SR906 and SR907 comprise a two-course qualitative methods sequence.)

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