Qualitative Inquiry (PSY4111.01)

Özge Savaş

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, conversation 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. The class will undertake one or two (depending on the class size) group projects that include data collection and analysis components. Potential research topics include migration, gender, and social movements.

Learning Outcomes:
Generate research questions, and identify the appropriate method for the kind of question asked.
Gather evidence; code, and analyze data.
Discuss the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of different types of qualitative inquiry.
Develop writing and research skills.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Interest in learning how to do social-justice-oriented social scientific research. Previous coursework in SCT. Previously taking Research Methods is a plus, but not a requirement depending on other coursework in SCT.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W 10:00AM - 11:50AM & W 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Psychology
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