• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Cultural Studies, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Qualitative Research Methods in Language Studies will give HDR students the opportunity to explore, experience and critique qualitative research methods used within applied linguistics, linguistics and language and culture research, such as case study, ethnography, participant observation, interviews, questionnaires and discourse analysis. The course will examine notions of validity and what counts as evidence in qualitative research approaches. Students will develop the ability to critique qualitative and mixed-method designs and consider how the designs fit within the broader range of research methods used in language-related research. Students will identify and examine selected methods and approaches relevant to their PhD projects, and discuss how selected methods might contribute to the development of new knowledge in the area. In addition, they will investigate and evaluate methods which will prepare them for a range of future research projects beyond the PhD, including in the context of relevant professional practice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. identify and critically evaluate studies which use qualitative research techniques and methodologies
  2. explain and critique theories underpinning qualitative research
  3. apply qualitative research methods appropriately to original and worthwhile research questions.
  4. write and present a research proposal or literature review which demonstrates intellectual independence and deep understanding of qualitative methods

Other Information

Assessment from this course can be reused in the PhD thesis.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Empirical qualitative analysis assignment (2000 words) (25) [LO 2,3]
  2. In-depth critical evaluation of qualitative research literature, comparing and contrasting studies (2500 words) (25) [LO 1,2]
  3. Research proposal or literature review including oral presentation (3500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks, and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You must be enrolled in an HDR program to undertake this course.

You will need to contact the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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2020 $4800
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4950 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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