Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE SOC2003

 
TITLE Qualitative Approaches in the Social Sciences

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Sociology

 
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.

Reading List

- 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.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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