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Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences

  • 7.5 credits

This course aims to introduce students to a range of qualitative methods and techniques for data processing and data analysis

This course aims to introduce advanced students to a range of qualitative methods and techniques for data processing and data analysis. We examine the underlying logic of different qualitative methods and how qualitative researchers approach questions of causality, inference, conceptualization, measurement and social meaning in social science research. Students will become familiar with a range of techniques for data collection and specific methods for interpreting and analyzing data. Students will conduct independent field research and apply a specific qualitative method and technique to data analysis on a selected topic.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course is provided at half time basis for 10 weeks. Teaching is conducted through lectures, seminars, and student-centered activities. 

    Assessment

    Intended Learning Outcomes upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

    • Identify and describe a range of qualitative methods for data processing
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the underlying logic of different qualitative methods
    • Evaluate different qualitative methods and techniques for data collection
    • Evaluate different qualitative methods and techniques for data analysis
    • Apply a specific type of qualitative method to data analysis 

    Assessment is based on how well students accomplish the Intended Learning Outcomes as demonstrated in written work and participation.

    Examiner

    Professor Vanessa Barker

  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Contact

    Student affairs office

    studentexp@sociology.su.se
    +46-8-161285, room B980

    Questions about master's courses/programmes:
    master@sociology.su.se

    Study counsellor

    studievagledare@sociology.su.se
    Tel: +46-8-163190, room B982