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COURSE NUMBER: SSCI 310
COURSE TITLE: Qualitative Methods
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Julie Kaye
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: This course concentrates on the philosophical underpinnings, contemporary perspectives, and research methods and strategies employed by qualitative and community engaged researchers. Selected qualitative methods to be explored include: qualitative interviewing, focus groups, ethnography, action research, narrative inquiry, and photovoice. We will also examine the process of qualitative inquiry, such as designing and planning qualitative projects, data collection, coding techniques, data analysis, and communicating the results of research. Students will consider the interplay between qualitative research, social justice, and social change and apply their knowledge in a community engaged research project.

Prerequisites: PSYC 301, SOCI 309 or SSCI 309

Same as SOCI 310 and PSYC 310.
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Van den Hoonaard, Deborah, K. 2011. Qualitative Research in Action: A Canadian Primer. Oxford University Press.
  • Additional readings will be provided in class.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Qualitative Research Project Proposal 20%
Final Research Project 30%
Seminar Presentation 15%
Research Presentation 15%
Class Participation 10%
Lab Assignments and Class Activities 10%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • To develop an understanding of the philosophy, perspectives, and methods of qualitative inquiry.
  • Learn to conduct primary methods of qualitative inquiry.
  • Be able to apply knowledge of qualitative methods to CER projects.
  • Be prepared to conduct a senior-level qualitative research projects.
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • January 5  Course Introduction
  • January 7  Field Observations Activity – No Class Meeting
  • January 12  Philosophical Underpinnings
  • January 14  Philosophical Underpinnings – Chapter 1 and 2
  • January 19  Research Design - Chapter 3
  • January 21  IS Conference
  • January 26  Interviewing Chapter 5
  • January 28  Interviewing Activity – No Class Meeting
  • February 2  Interviewing
  • February 4  Focus Groups – Liamputtung Reading
  • February 9  Observations – Chapter 4
  • February 11  Observations and Unobtrusive research – Chapter 6
  • February 16  NO CLASSES – Reading Week
  • February 18  NO CLASSES – Reading Week
  • February 23  Ethnography
  • February 25  Action and Participatory Research
  • March 1  Action and Participatory Research
  • March 3  Narrative Inquiry
  • March 8  Photovoice
  • March 10  Photovoice
  • March 15  Research Proposals
  • March 17  Writing Up Qualitative Research
  • March 22  Writing Up Qualitative Research
  • March 24  Research Presentations
  • March 29  Research Presentations
  • March 31  Qualitative Research, Social Change, and Social Justice
  • April 5  Qualitative Research, Social Change, and Social Justice
  • April 6  Research Ethics
  • April 12  Research Ethics
  • April 14  Course Review


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