Qualitative Methods in Political Research
- The objective is to provide an overview of basic methods related to qualitative sociological research
- Student is capable of choosing research methods appropriate for resolving the professional tasks.
- student is able to work in team
- Student is capable of retrieving, collecting, processing and analyzing information relevant for achieving goals in the professional field.
- Able to do research, including the problem analysis, setting goals and objectives, defining the research subject, selecting research methods including its quality control
- Able to think critically and interpret the experience (personal and of other persons), relate to professional and social activities
- Introduction to Qualitative MethodologyCartesian doubt, Positivism and Interpretivism, Qualitative and Quantitative research, and Mixed Method Design.
- Observation and (Self) EthnographyResearcher neutrality, interview data as topic/resource, how to develop a research guide, and common mistakes
- InterviewStructured, semi-structured and narrative interviews.
- Focus-GroupsFocus Groups – when and where; the selection process.
- Visual methodsVisual ethnography – when, and why, it should be used.
- Digital EthnographyPhotography, motion pictures, hypermedia, the web, interactive CDs, CD–ROMs, and virtual reality
- Mental mappingKevin Lynch and the five elements.
- Planning a qualitative projectFocus Groups – when and where; the selection process.
- Qualitative analysis – 1Theoretical, purposive, accidental, quota, snowball and systematic matching sampling; research ethics.
- Qualitative analysis – 2Grounded Theory, Codes and Categories
- How to present qualitative dataStructures of presentation, key principles of research dissemination.
- Interim assessment (2 module)The cumulative grade (GC) is calculated as an average, based on the following equation: GC = Оhw1*0.15+ Оhw2*0.15+ Оhw3*0.25+ Оhw4 *0.15+ Оhw5*0.15+ Оhw6*0.15 where HW1,2,4,5,6 – group home assignments HW3 – individual take home assignment • The final grade (GF) is calculated as follows: • GF = 0,6·GC + 0,4·GEX , where • GEX – grade for the final examination
- Leavy, P. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=779511
- Taylor, S. J., DeVault, M. L., & Bogdan, R. (2016). Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods : A Guidebook and Resource (Vol. 4th edition). Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1061324
- Brinkmann, S. (2013). Qualitative Interviewing. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=603936