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Applied Qualitative Research Methods, problems and design

Course
Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-17754
Tuition
Full education cost: 21 250 SEK
First payment: 21 250 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Summary

In this course, you will get practical training in qualitative research methods, including data-collection, design, formulation of research problems, and methods for analysis of material. The course gives an initial overview over available research methods, their connection to theory, as well as research ethics. The course focuses in depth on several different methodological approaches, relevant for qualitative research in the social sciences and humanities, with an emphasis on text-based analytical methods.

About

This course will give you practical
training in qualitative research methods, including data-collection, design,
formulation of research problems, and methods for analysis of material. The
course gives an initial overview over available research methods, their
connection to theory, as well as research ethics.

The course is divided into blocks:
1) Research question and design, and 2) Analyzing data.

In each block, introductory lectures
are followed by assignments where students apply the themes discussed. This
structure offers the students the opportunity to learn more about qualitative
research methods in general, but also to get hands-on experience of strength and
weaknesses of different qualitative techniques. Students work together in
groups which facilitate peer learning. Assignments are discussed in teacher-led
small group seminars. The course end with a third block where students work on
an individual paper focusing on their own research interest.

You will develop your methodological
skills through case-based practices in seminars. In one part of the course,
methods and design problems are introduced and practiced in lectures and
seminars. In the second part of the course, students apply knowledge of
research design and methods on their own research interests, and produce a
research proposal as final product.

The course focuses in-depth on several
different methodological approaches relevant for qualitative research in the
social sciences and humanities, with an emphasis on text based analytical
methods.

You will learn how to identify and
assess ethical problems relevant for qualitative research and evaluate as well
as independently formulate clear arguments concerning the relationship between
theory and method, and apply arguments to a particular case. 

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

To be eligible for the course the student should have obtained a pass grade on a 15 credits from a second cycle core course in the social sciences, or the equivalent. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection

Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

After completed this course, you will know how to demonstrate an in-depth
understanding of concepts relevant for qualitative research, including concepts
such as interpretation, subjectivity, reflexivity and interrelated objectivity.
You will also have a deeper understanding on how to evaluate and argue for the
fit between the material and the method, and independently design research
using data collection methods, such as interviews, basic digital text analysis
and manual collection of written and digital data.