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Practice of Qualitative Research (SO242-15)

Topics covered

The following is an indicative list of topics for this module; precise seminar content may change from year to year.

  • Qualitative Research Design (including emergent research design)
  • Qualitative data collection: intermediate level methodological issues and skills
  • Philosophy of social research and research ethics
  • Qualitative data analysis: intermediate skill development in the practice of qualitative data analysis
Timing and CATS

This module will run in the Spring Term and is worth 15 CATS.

Programme content

The aims of this module are: to build on the knowledge of research design, analysis, and interpretation achieved through the 1st year (level 4) modules, Researching Society and Culture and Understanding Social Research; to develop more sophisticated and practical research skills related to qualitative and mixed methods research design and utilisation of qualitative methods and the logic and techniques of qualitative data analysis; and to demonstrate intermediate competencies. The module also provides essential knowledge about research ethics and philosophy of social research. This will ensure that students meet the QAA Sociology Benchmarks for research methods training, and are equipped to undertake more advanced self-directed research on relevant 3rd year (Level 6) modules.

Module Director:
Lynne Pettinger
Amy Hinterberger