Understanding qualitative research and developing qualitative research skills, examining exemplars in the field, exploring the various qualitative research methodologies such as participant-observation and in-depth interviewing and the theoretical and ethical dilemmas associated with each. Data collection, writing field notes and transforming such data into written ethnographic documents are emphasized. Cross-listed as ANTH/SOCI 327. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Theoretical Frameworks in Qualitative Research
By Anfara, Vincent and Norma Mertz ( Pine Forge Press) Recommended
Ethnography: Principles in Practice
By Atkinson, Paul and Martyn Hammersley (Routledge) Recommended
A Guide to Field Research
By Bailey, Carol (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
Tricks of the Trade: How to Think About Your Research While You’re Doing It
By Becker, Howard (University of Chicago Press) Recommended
Constructing Grounded Theory
By Charmaz, Kathy (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
Handbook of Narrative Inquiry Methodologies
By Clandinin, D. Jean (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research
By Denzin, Norman K. and Yvonne S. Lincoln (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
How to Conduct Surveys: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Fink, Arlene (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
An Introduction to Qualitative Research
By Flick, Uwe (Pine Forge Press) Recommended
Reflexivity and Voice
By Hertz, Rosanna (Sage) Recommended
Analyzing Social Settings: A Guide to Qualitative Observation and Analysis
By Lofland, John and Lyn Lofland (Wadsworth) Recommended
By O’Reilly, Karen (Routledge) Recommended
You Owe Yourself a Drunk: An Ethnography of Urban Nomads
By Spradley, James P (Waveland Press) Recommended
Working Method: Research and Social Justice
By Weis, Lois and Michelle Fine (Routledge) Recommended
Flammable: Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown
By Auyero, Javier and Debora Alejandra Swistun (Oxford University Press) Recommended
At Home in the Street: Street Children of Northeast Brazil
By Hecht, Tobias (Cambridge University Press) Recommended
Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences
By Berg, Bruce L. (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches
By Creswell, John W. (Sage) Recommended
Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes
By Emerson, Robert M., Rachel I. Fretz and Linda L. Shaw (University of Chicago Press) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Explain the various research methodologies and frameworks qualitative researchers employ.
Describe and explain the epistemological, axiological, and ethical dimensions associated with qualitative research.
Produce a literature review that critically discusses the authors’ qualitative methodological choices.
Explain how qualitative methodological choices are made based on the research question(s) and anticipated outcomes.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Use of qualitative methodologies in Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology.
Survey of the main qualitative methods and discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Discussion of the research dilemmas associated with qualitative research.
Development of a qualitative research proposal (research statement, relevance of the research in the appropriate academic field, literature review, methodology)
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.