In this course, you will be introduced to the philosophical, conceptual, and practical foundations of qualitative methods used in psychological research. We will discuss the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of different types of qualitative inquiry that are commonly used, such as narrative analysis, thematic analysis, and discourse analysis. This course requires a good balance between theoretical and practical/hands-on engagement. We will explore each method with exemplar readings, as well as in-class exercises and assignments that include interviewing, coding, and data analysis. Finally, you will be familiarized with the current debates in the literature regarding qualitative and mixed methods inquiry, issues related to ethics, generalizability, objectivity/subjectivity, insider/outsider research.
1. Generate research questions, and identify the appropriate method for the kind of question asked.
2. Gather evidence; code, and analyze data.
3. Discuss theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of different types of qualitative inquiry.
4. Develop writing and research skills.
Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Interest in doing scientific research. Previous coursework in SCT.
Course Level: 4000-level
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Once a year
Categories: All courses , Psychology , Fully In-Person
Tags: Research , psychology , data analysis , Narrative , qualitative methods , interview