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Qualitative Methods - SOC00007M

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  • Department: Sociology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Merran Toerien
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22

Module aims

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.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

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

Indicative reading

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.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.