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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 327
Course Title: *Qualitative Research Methods
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

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 327/PSYC 327. Prerequisite: junior standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: junior standing.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Odd Spring

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Theoretical Frameworks in Qualitative Research
By Anfara, Vincent and Norma Mertz ( Pine Forge Press)
Ethnography: Principles in Practice
By Atkinson, Paul and Martyn Hammersley (Routledge)
A Guide to Field Research
By Bailey, Carol (Pine Forge Press)
Tricks of the Trade: How to Think About Your Research While You’re Doing It
By Becker, Howard (University of Chicago Press)
Constructing Grounded Theory
By Charmaz, Kathy (Pine Forge Press)
Handbook of Narrative Inquiry Methodologies
By Clandinin, D. Jean (Pine Forge Press)
Designing Surveys: A Guide to Decisions and Procedures
By Czaja, Ron and Johnny Blair (Pine Forge Press)
The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research
By Denzin, Norman K. and Yvonne S. Lincoln (Pine Forge Press)
How to Conduct Surveys: A Step-by-Step Guide
By Fink, Arlene (Pine Forge Press)
An Introduction to Qualitative Research
By Flick, Uwe (Pine Forge Press)
Reflexivity and Voice
By Hertz, Rosanna (Sage)
Analyzing Social Settings: A Guide to Qualitative Observation and Analysis
By Lofland, John and Lyn Lofland (Wadsworth)
Ethnographic Methods
By O’Reilly, Karen (Routledge)
You Owe Yourself a Drunk: An Ethnography of Urban Nomads
By Spradley, James P (Waveland Press)
Focus Groups: Theory and Practice
By Stewart, David, Prem Shamdasani, and Dennis Rook (Pine Forge Press)
Working Method: Research and Social Justice
By Weis, Lois and Michelle Fine (Routledge)
Inside Interviewing
By Holstein & Gubrium (Sage)
Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches
By Creswell, John W. (Sage)
Flammable: Environmental Suffering in and Argentine Shantytown
By Auyero, Javier and Debora Alejandra (Oxford University Press)
At Home in the Streets: Street Children in Northeast Brazil
By Hecht, Thomas (Cambridge University Press)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the various research methodologies and frameworks qualitative researchers employ
  2. Describe and explain the epistemological, axiological, and ethical dimensions associated with qualitative research
  3. Produce a literature review that critically discusses the authors’ qualitative methodological choices
  4. Explain how qualitative methodological choices are made based on the research question(s) and anticipated outcomes
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Introduce qualitative research as distinct from quantitative research
  • Qualitative methodologies social science researchers use: ethnography, observation, interviewing
  • Dilemmas surrounding qualitative research: researcher reflexivity; objectivity versus subjectivity; voice; studying outgroups
  • Read exemplars of qualitative research
  • Discuss the postmodern turn in ethnography
  • Engage in qualitative research
  • Turning qualitative data into a final written product

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Aurelien Mauxion Date: November 29, 2016
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.

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