Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.
After successfully completing the course, students will be familiar with the core methods of qualitative research today. They will be able to carry out basic research activities, such as organising, undertaking and analysing different types of interviews, and observing, intervening and participating in different social worlds as part of academic research. The course underscores the importance of selecting appropriate methods and media throughout the process of working with data, and of recognising the limitations but also the benefits of different methods in qualitative enquiry.
Students will be able to think critically but constructively about what 'data' is and how generating and analysing it are intertwined.
Students will gain confidence in carrying out data collection and analysis, and gain some experience of adjusting existing methods to their own research fields and topics.
Schedule: 03.03.2021 - 26.05.2021
Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Eeva Berglund
Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Eeva Berglund
Contact information for the course (valid 08.02.2021-21.12.2112):
Berglund (teacher in charge),
Jenni Hokka, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note, we will try to answer emails as best we
can, but the best way to catch us will be before and after teaching sessions.
CEFR level (applies in this implementation):
Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):
Teaching language: English
Languages of study attainment: English
CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD
The course has three components: seminars, independent research and presentations. Contact sessions will consist of introductory lectures and seminars, and presentations.
Seminars and lectures will address:
- The strengths and principles of qualitative research
- Observational techniques
- Different types of interviews
- Visual materials
- Online and offline data
- Ethnographic approaches and emerging inventive methodologies
Key qualitative methods of analysis, e.g. content analysis, semiotic analysis (textual and visual), discourse analysis, feminist and gender studies, technical aids for analysis.
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Students are expected to attend at least 80% of the total number of classes. Active participation in class discussions and exercises and timely submission of assignments is also required. These will include reporting on individual and group exercises (e.g. interviews) and a final paper of c. 2 500 words.
Assessment is based on a criterion-referenced scale 0–5 for individual and pass-fail for group work.
Lectures and seminars 26h, reading 36h, independent and group work 100h
These will be uploaded to MyCourses.
Applies in this implementation:
For required and additional readings, see each week’s programme in the course handbook -pdf.
We will be sharing more texts
through the course, and uploading them, with other interesting resources, on
MyCourses.All readings will be provided on MyCourses unless they are available
online and/or in the library.
Substitutes for Courses
Arts L0103-Methods of Gathering Data, L0108-Methods of Gathering Qualitative Data
Arts L0104-Methods of Analysing Data, L0109-Methods of Analysing Qualitative Data
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals
5 Gender Equality
10 Reduced Inequality
17 Partnerships for the Goals
- Teacher: Eeva Berglund