This course provides student with essential knowledge of qualitative research concepts and techniques in preparation for thesis writing. Using the framework of research considerations (epistemologies, theories, methodologies, and methods) it touches upon the first two issues but concentrates on the latter two). Under the
overarching theme of designing a social science research project, the course covers the following themes: generating knowledge, working with theory, applying qualitative methods, verifying sources, and writing-up results. In covering these topics, the course requires students to read and engage with qualitative methods
literature along with their own topic-specific literature.