- Code ENVS6014
- 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, Resource Management and Environmental Science More...
- Academic career PGRD
- 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On satisfying the requirements of this course, 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
Other InformationAs required please contact the Fenner School of Environment & Society at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
- Keeping and submitting a week-by-week learning journal, assessed twice in the semester (25%; LO 4)
- Participating in a class tutorial or self-directed field trip where students apply a qualitative research method of their choice (10%; LO 3)
- Designing and writing a qualitative research project proposal on a sustainability-related subject of their choice, 3000 words (35%; LO 2, 3)
- 3 hour Exam - Critical assessment of a qualitative research project report (30%; LO 1, 2)
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WorkloadIntensive course run 24 June - 5 July 2019.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsHay, I. (2010) Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography (3rd ed.), Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
Areas of Interest
- Human Ecology
- Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
- Resource Management and Environmental Science
- Development Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Human Sciences
- Population Studies
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