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Qualitative Research Methods


In this module we will explore Qualitative Research Methods. In part the module is practical. We will practically have a go at different qualitative research methods, including research interviews, discourse analysis, conversation analysis and ethnography. At the same time, we will reflect upon theoretical issues relating to the practice of doing qualitative research.

The module will address key issues, debates and controversies relevant for the way we design and evaluate qualitative studies. The interplay between the philosophy of social science and the practices of the qualitative researcher will be a constant concern. This interplay will be ‘set up’ by a series of initials lectures on the Philosophy of Social Science.

The module runs during term 1. The classes are on Wednesdays from 9am-1pm and will be held on the Westwood Campus (room WCEO-10). The lectures start in week 2. Typically, there will be a lecture, a break and then a practical workshop element. One topic will be addressed per week. The lectures will be delivered by members of the Social Science Faculty, each of whom will supply a list of pre-readings. There is no single recommended core text. This is the module outline. This is the coursework assignment.

Class schedule

There is no class in week 1

1 Oct 8th - Introduction (slides for class 1) (Readings 1, 2 and 3) - Nick Llewellyn

2 Oct 15th - Doing Research Interviews - Chris Warhurst (slides)

3 Oct 22nd - Analysing interview data (1) -Gaby Atfieldyos & Sally-Anne Barnes (slides)

4 Oct 29th - Analysing interview data (2) - Gaby Atfiled & Sally-Anne Barnes (slides)

5 Nov 5th - Discourse analysis - Johannes Angermuller (reading 1 and reading 2)

6 Nov 12th - Conversation analysis - Nick Llewellyn (slides)

7 Nov 19th - Ethnography - Davide Nicolini (slides and reading)

8 Nov 26th - Documentary analysis - David Arnott

9 Dec 3rd - Summary and discussion - Nick Llewellyn


The module is assessed via a 4000 word essay assignment. The question will be issued and discussed during the class on November 12th. The submission date is January 30th.




Key Information

First Session

Wednesday 8th October 2014


Wednesday mornings in term 1


WCEO.10, Centre for Lifelong Learning on Westwood campus


Prof. Nick Llewellyn

Core Training Timetable

Registration for this module will be available here in Autumn 2014