Qualitative Research Methods

Faculty
Humanities & Social Sciences
Department
Criminology
Course Code
CRIM 3325
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
35
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course provides the essential knowledge and skills necessary to carry out qualitative research in Criminology. The course will cover the foundations of a wide variety of specific qualitative techniques including interviews, ethnography, content analysis, historiography and case study methods. As well, key methodological considerations such as ethics, interpretation, assessment, and writing will be examined.
Course Content
  1. Introduction to Course
  2. Nature of Qualitative Research including grounded theory and phenomonical approaches
  3. Qualitative Research Process
  4. Qualitative Research Design
  5. Research Dynamics:  Reflexivity, Ethics, Access, and Relationships
  6. Interviewing and Focus Groups
  7. Ethnography, Narrative, and Observation
  8. Case Study
  9. Historiography and Unobtrusive Measures
  10. Content Analysis
  11. Mixed Methods
  12. Making Sense of Your Data:  Data Coding, Analysis and Presentation
  13. Writing Up Research Projects
  14. Evaluating Qualitative Research
Methods Of Instruction

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:  lectures, audio visual aids, independent analysis, small group discussions and facilitations, “doing research” and critical analysis of existing research studies.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College Policy.  The instructor will provide written course outlines with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.  Evaluation will be based on some of the following:  Research proposal, presentation facilitation, qualitative study evaluation, research project, seminar participation including assigned ‘in-class’ tasks, and final exam.

 

An example of an evaluation scheme would be:

Research proposal    5%
Presentation  10%
Participation/discussion/tasks           15%
Qualitative study evaluation  15%
Research project  30%
Final exam  25%
Total 100%
Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course the successful student will be able to:    

  1. Discuss theoretical, practical and critical applications of qualitative research
  2. Explore a wide variety of qualitative research methods
  3. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method and the appropriateness of each technique for criminological research
  4. Critically evaluate qualitative methods in certain major criminological studies
  5. Explore types of data collected, methods of data collection and techniques of data analysis
  6.  Develop a research idea and translate it into a research question
  7. Explain the process of qualitative data collection and analysis
  8. Prepare a qualitative research proposal and/or research project
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students: 

 

Textbooks will be updated periodically.  Typical examples are:

Hesse-Biber, S.N., and Leavy, P.  (2006). The Practice of Qualitative Research.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications. 

Ritchie, J., Lewis, J., McNaughton Nicholls, C., and Ormston, R. (Eds.). (2015). Qualitative Research Practice:  A Guide For Social Science Students and Researchers. Second Edition.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.

Additional weekly readings will be required and will be accessible online.

Requisites

Prerequisites

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU CRIM 3104 (3) 2012/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CRIM 3XX (3) 2012/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CRIM 3219 (3), OL; TRU SOCI 2XXX (3) 2012/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HUMA 3XX (3) 2012/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO ARTS 2nd (3) 2012/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV SOCI 2nd (3), exempt UBCV SOCI 382 2012/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC POLS 3XX (3) 2012/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV CRIM 321 (4) 2012/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC SOCI 374 (1.5) 2012/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
15346
Thu
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Huitson
Niki
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Thu
12:30 - 15:20