This subject introduces students to the field of qualitative research. The first half of the subject requires students to critically engage with some of the major theoretical debates which both define the field and delineate between different kinds of qualitative research. The second half of the subject asks students to apply the ideas discussed in the first half by conducting a piece of qualitative research in an area of their own choosing. Taken together, the two halves of the subject seek to help students to make connections between the theory and practice of qualitative research. Using a structured and sequential list of readings, stimulus questions and spaces for student reflection, the subject prosecutes a single objective; that all research method choices should derive from philosophical and theoretical principles which can be explained and defended, as opposed to simply conforming to taken-for-granted ideas about how research should be done.
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- methodological and philosophical diversity within the field of qualitative research; - the 'social' and the 'cultural': exploring the subject matter of qualitative research; - using different kinds of theories: folk, grounded and grand; - the question of politics: should researchers take sides? - ethics in qualitative research; - refining research questions and selecting cases; - data collection and analysis 1; - examples of fieldwork data collection techniques; - data collection and analysis 2; - analysis and going beyond the data.
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