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XX50138: Qualitative methods 2

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (units for MRes programmes)
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: ES 50%, OT 50%
Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (ES 50%)
  • Report of project on data analysis - group presentation (OT 50%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take XX50136
Learning Outcomes:
* Critical understanding of qualitative methods in terms of design, implementation, data analyses and presentation of findings;
* Critical understanding of relationship between qualitative and quantitative methods, and ability to develop rigorous arguments using appropriate qualitative methods;
* Critical understanding of the epistemological assumptions that underpin qualitative methodologies;
* Identify and critically conceptualise appropriate criteria to assess the quality, rigour and integrity of qualitative research;
* Critical understanding of the ethics involved in qualitative research.

Aims: The unit aims to equip students with a thoroughunderstanding of basic qualitative methods in social sciences research, and with the conceptual and practical skills to begin to conduct, analyse, interpret and present qualitative research.

* Be able to generate researchable problems using qualitative methods
* Be able to select appropriate qualitative methods for research questions in relation to their own discipline
* Be able to conduct research using qualitative methods, including the use of recording techniques
* Be able to manage qualitative data
* Be familiar with methods for the analysis of qualitative data, including computer-based techniques
* Acquire presentational skills
* Appreciate cross-cultural issues in qualitative research
* Be able to identify and address ethical issues arising from qualitative research.

Content: The unit builds on Qualitative Methods 1 through more advanced methods of data analysis, more discipline-specific developments of appropriate techniques, and greater emphasis on presentation of findings. The unit will comprise of day long workshops on selected qualitative research methods, and support for group based research projects.

Programme availability:

XX50138 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology

XX50138 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department of Education Department for Health Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies Department of Psychology Department of Social & Policy Sciences

XX50138 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Education Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies Department of Social & Policy Sciences


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