|TITLE||Qualitative Approaches in the Social Sciences|
|LEVEL||02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course|
|DESCRIPTION||This study-unit addresses the question: How to go about producing a good quality piece of qualitative research? It aims to equip students with an understanding of the methods and contexts of qualitative social scientific inquiry. The emphases are threefold. First, the relatively eclectic design that this type of research entails. Second, methodological and practical approaches, in particular ethnography, field interviews, focus groups, time diaries, and such. Third, data analysis (in particular systems of coding and interpretation) and the preparation of a finished piece of readable and rigorous work.
- Agar, M.H. (1996) The Professional Stranger: An informal introduction to ethnography 2 ed., Academic Books.
- Bryman, A. (2008) Social Research Methods, 3 ed., Oxford University Press.
- Corbin, J. & Strauss, A. (2008) Basics of Qualitative Research, 3 ed., Sage.
- Falzon, M.A. (ed.) (2009) Multi-sited Ethnography: Theory, praxis and locality in contemporary research, Ashgate.
- Lawrence Neuman, W. (2005) Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, 4 ed. Pearson.
- Seale, C. (ed.) (2004) Researching Society and Culture, 2 ed. Sage.
|METHOD OF ASSESSMENT||
|LECTURER/S||Mark Anthony Falzon
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