SOSC7430 Advanced Qualitative Methods (3 units)
The course engages students with complex issues associated with qualitative research and addresses the essential components of an advanced level qualitative research investigation. These include providing students with the more complex theoretical perspectives embedded in qualitative research and with five different approaches to qualitative enquiry, i.e., narrative, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case studies. These respective approaches are demonstrated and critically scrutinised through their actual use in exemplar research projects and articles. The course also equips students with the advanced techniques for conducting qualitative data collection and analysis using students' own research topics (and possibly their own datasets), from identifying a gap in the knowledge base, to forming pertinent research questions, to selecting the particular qualitative design most appropriate for the questions, to collecting and analysing data. Key data collection methods, including in-depth interviews, participant observation and focus groups, and key data analysis methods, including thematic coding and discourse analysis, are examined. Academic writing skills in reporting qualitative research are studied and practiced. The course addresses the more advanced aspects of qualitative research and is suitable for graduate students who are designing a qualitative research project and/or aiming at publishing qualitative research papers.
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