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.
- Introduction to Course
- Nature of Qualitative Research including grounded theory and phenomonical approaches
- Qualitative Research Process
- Qualitative Research Design
- Research Dynamics: Reflexivity, Ethics, Access, and Relationships
- Interviewing and Focus Groups
- Ethnography, Narrative and Observation
- Historiography and Unobtrusive Measures
- Content Analysis
- Making Sense of Your Data: Data Coding, Analysis and Presentation
- Evaluating Qualitative Research
At the conclusion of this course the successful student will be able to:
- Discuss theoretical, practical and critical applications of qualitative research
- Explore a wide variety of qualitative research methods
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method and the appropriateness of each technique for criminological research
- Critically evaluate qualitative methods in certain major criminological studies
- Explore types of data collected, methods of data collection and techniques of data analysis
- Develop a research idea and translate it into a research question
- Explain the process of qualitative data collection and analysis
- Prepare a qualitative research proposal and/or research project
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:
|Qualitative study evaluation||15%|
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., and Lewis, J. (Eds.). (2003). Qualitative Research Practice: A Guide For Social Science Students and Researchers. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Additional weekly readings will be required and will be accessible online.