- Code ENVS2014
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Development Studies More...
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
Not offered in 2020.
This course introduces the major qualitative research methods as they are applied across the social sciences, especially human geography. Data collection methods covered include interviewing, oral histories, participant observation, textual analysis, and focus groups. Data analysis methods are also presented, and applied in conjunction with using N*Vivo qualitative data analysis software. In this course students will develop an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities of taking a qualitative approach to research on sustainability issues. The course introduces some of the ethical and cross-cultural concerns researchers encounter, and gain the skills to critically evaluate qualitative research.
Honours Pathway Option
Subject to the approval of the course convenor; HPO students will be required to demonstrate greater depth of understanding of the content of the course. HPO students will undertake a program of advanced reading and will be required to prepare and facilitate a discussion session (like a tutorial) (equivalent to a minimum of 20% of overall assessment). All other assessment requirements remain the same.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify and critically evaluate qualitative research methods from literature
- demonstrate an understanding of the methodological challenges posed by qualitative research in the context of sustainability
- demonstrate an ability to apply conceptual and practical tools to the development of qualitative research projects in the context of sustainability
- understand and demonstrate the application of reflexive principles to their learning
If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form.
- Keeping and submitting a day-by-day learning journal, assessed twice in the semester (25) [LO 4]
- Creating and reporting on a self-directed field trip where students apply two qualitative research methods of their choice (10) [LO 3]
- Designing and writing a qualitative research project proposal on a sustainability-related subject of their choice, 2000 words (35) [LO 2,3]
- Take-home exam - Critical assessment of a qualitative research project report (30) [LO 1,2]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the session including:
- 70 hours of contact delivered intensively over 10 weekdays comprising: lectures, practicals and field excursions;
- 60 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsHay, I. (2010) Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography (3rd ed.), Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
Assumed KnowledgeRecommended ENVS1003
Areas of Interest
- Human Ecology
- Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
- Development Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Human Sciences
- Policy Studies
- Population Studies
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