- Code POLS8044
- Unit Value 6 to 12 units
In this course, students will develop an advanced understanding of the principles and methods of qualitative research on government, politics, and society. These skills will enable students to critically evaluate the value of arguments made in published academic, policy, and journalistic research. Students will also be able to use these skills to conduct original qualitative research of their own. The course will concentrate on how qualitative data is collected and how it is analyzed. Qualitative data can be collected in a number of ways, each of which requires consideration of important theoretical and practical issues. Data sources for qualitative research include archives and other written sources, interviews, and ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn the pros and cons of each method and the different ontologies and epistemologies underpinning them, read exemplary works, and apply the methods in assignments. The analysis of qualitative data also poses special challenges. Students will gain exposure to various methods of data analysis including historical process tracing, discourse and narrative analysis, and content analysis.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically evaluate various methods of qualitative data collection in the political and social sciences;
- Critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of various methods of analyzing qualitative social science data;
- Implement a wide range of methods of qualitative data collection and analysis;
- Apply the principals of good research design, especially as regards qualitative data collection and analysis, in developing their own research.
- Utilize qualitative data to communicate knowledgeably on range of topics within the area of government, politics, and society.
- 1. Critical Discussion (10%) [LO 1,2] (10) [LO 1,2]
- 2. Reading response papers (20%) [LO 1,2] (20) [LO 1,2]
- 3. Data collection/field notes project (20%) [LO 3] (20) [LO 3]
- 4. Research Proposal/Paper (50%) [LO 4,5] (50) [LO 4,5]
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Workload20 hours per week: 2 hour lecture; 2 hour seminar, 16 hours of reading and research.
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- 6 to 12 units
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