To develop students’ understanding of, and expertise in, a range of key methods of qualitative data collection and analysis (such as observation techniques, in-depth interviewing, focus group discussions, and methods of thematic and narrative analysis).
Module learning outcomes
At the end of this module students will:
be able to distinguish method and design, data collection and analysis
have a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of the collection and analysis of the principal forms of qualitative data
appreciate the range of sociological research domains and issues to which these methodological techniques apply, including their application to practical research
be able to analyse original data sets generated by each of these methods, and compare their analyses with published research findings
have practical experience of a range of cutting edge analytic techniques
have an awareness of the broader disciplinary contexts in which these methods developed, and the problems they address.
% of module mark
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
Feedback on all work is provided in a variety of ways and you must make the most of all opportunities do discuss your assessment and study progress:
1. After each open assessment you will receive feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your work. This will be available within 4 weeks of the submission deadline
2. You will meet with your supervisor twice a term and you should discuss any concerns that you have and also present your assessment feedback for further comment
3. You will be asked to comment on the teaching of the modules and results will be discussed at Teaching Committee
These will be available on the module sites through the Yorkshare VLE. Most reading materials will be journals or book chapters which will be in pdf format These can be downloaded and annotated on work pc if you don't want the expense of printing.
Recommended books will be available in the library.