- Code SOCR8008
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Social Research
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Population Studies, Sociology, Demography
This course provides a broad overview of the theory of qualitative research, and examines the basic skills involved in the application of these methods in social research, demography and population studies. Qualitative methods are defined, and their uses and limitations explored. Qualitative methods are compared with quantitative methods, and approaches to the integration of qualitative data are reviewed. Strong emphasis is given to practical exercises in the collection, analysis and reporting of qualitative data. In analyzing textual data, the use of NVivo will be introduced.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand and explain the following: the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative methods; the strengths and limitations of qualitative methods; how qualitative methods can be used as a combined method with quantitative methods in social research, demography and population studies research;
- conduct participant observation, develop an observation sheet, analyse and report the results;
- conduct an in-depth interview, develop in-depth interview guidelines, analyse and report the results;
- conduct a focus group discussion (FGD), develop FGD guidelines, analyse and report the results; and
- understand data gathering and data analysis in qualitative research; management and analysis of qualitative data; and how to write up the results of qualitative research.
- Assignment I. Observation. 10 minute oral presentation. (15) [LO 1,2,5]
- Assignment 1 observation sheet and notes, 700 words (5) [LO 1,2,5]
- Project assignment and report II: In-depth Interview. 2500 words (35) [LO 1,3,5]
- Project assignment and report III: Focus Group Discussion. 10 minute oral presentation in class-group work (10) [LO 1,4,5]
- Project assignment and report III: Focus Group Discussion. Individual report, 2500 word (35) [LO 1,4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop or workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsA reading brick will be provided.
Berg, L.B. 2004. Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences, Fifth Edition Allyn and Bacon, USA;
Denzin, N.K. and Y.S. Lincoln. 1998. ‘Introduction: Entering the Field of Qualitative Research’, in N.K. Denzin and Y.S. Lincoln (eds.), Strategies of Qualitative Inquiry, Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
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