DSOC 6150 - Qualitative Research Methods

Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Enrollment limited to: PhD students.

J. Goldstein.

This seminar introduces students to a number of qualitative research methods in the social sciences. Discusses field observation, archival research, in-depth individual interviews, and focus group interviews. Assesses the strengths and weaknesses of various strategies of field research and consider a range of practical matters such as choice of research site (and sample where appropriate). Considers choice of research questions and issues of feasibility in research plans. Ethical considerations are highlighted. Students produce a full-length research proposal of their own by the course's end.

Outcome 1: Understand various qualitative research methods and be able to choose the best method for a project.

Outcome 2: Analyze field research strategies and choose the most appropriate for a project.

Outcome 3: Employ ethical considerations when carrying out qualitative research projects.

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