ADVANCED QUALITATIVE METHODS - 2021/2
Module code: SOC2094
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This module builds upon the research methods training which students receive in their first year in order to provide students with a more detailed understanding of qualitative methods. While recognising interplay between the different stages, this module is structured around the general stages of conducting qualitative research – planning, conducting, analysing and writing about qualitative research. Students will learn about new developments in qualitative research including creative and visual methods, different types of ethnographies and mobile methodologies. They will also enhance their skill set by learning different methods of analysing qualitative data including computer assisted qualitative data analysis.
HARMAN Vicki (Sociology)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: X210
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 106
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 11
Guided Learning: 11
Captured Content: 11
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Researching the Social World: Qualitative Methods
Indicative content includes:
Planning qualitative research: Qualitative research design and sampling (including formulating research questions);
Ethical dimensions of social research (including research governance and data protection);
Conducting qualitative research (e.g. mobile methodologies; narrative interviews; multi-sited and auto-ethnography; digital ethnography; creative and visual methods);
Techniques for analysing qualitative research (e.g. discourse analysis; thematic analysis; life story; grounded theory, textual analysis);
Writing up qualitative data: approaches and techniques.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||1 PAGE RESEARCH PROPOSAL, PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET AND CONSENT FORM||25|
|Coursework||2000 WORD RESEARCH PORTFOLIO||75|
1 x research proposal and preliminary work (1 page outline including background, research question and planned methods, accompanied by consent forms, information sheet) (25% of mark);
1 x 2000 word Research Portfolio (75% of mark) (this is a write-up of a qualitative piece of work that the student has conducting using any of the techniques taught in the module).
- To demonstrate an awareness of advances in qualitative research (including mobile methodologies, creative and visual methods, and different types of ethnographies)
- To develop skills in planning qualitative research, collecting data, analysing and writing-up research
- To encourage students to reflect upon the ethical issues involved in the research process and the complexities of conducting research on sensitive topics
|001||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of different methodological approaches in qualitative research|
|002||Understand the challenges and complexities associated with qualitative research and to recognise their importance when designing research, collecting data and writing about qualitative research|
|003||Demonstrate a detailed understanding of ethical considerations in relation to qualitative research as well as (where applicable) conducting research on sensitive topics|
|004||Demonstrate knowledge and skills in qualitative data analysis|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching methods include:
Lectures (1 hour per week);
Seminars (1 hour per week);
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Media and Communication BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Criminology BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Sociology BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.