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Research seminar "Qualitative Methods in Political Research"

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
1 year, 3, 4 module


Course Syllabus


The goal of this course is to present the fundamentals of qualitative social research, as well as to develop students’ skills of using qualitative methods in their own empirical research. Students will learn how to plan, to organize and to implement qualitative research, how to collect data and how to analyze them afterwards. In the frame of this research seminar, the focus will be done on the development of practical skills. The main idea of the seminar: learning through experience. Students will learn qualitative research by doing it. They will develop their own research design, will conduct the interviews and participant observation, will analyze collected data.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The goal of this course is to present the fundamentals of qualitative social research, as well as to develop students’ skills of using qualitative methods in their own empirical research.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of qualitative research
  • Able to organize and to conduct qualitative research
  • Know basic strategies and methods of qualitative research
  • Able to use qualitative methods for collection and analysis of data
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction of qualitative research. The methodological basis. Design of qualitative research.
    Methodological basis of qualitative research. Principles and logic of qualitative research. Research as a process. The concept of design in qualitative research. Structural design elements. A sample in qualitative research. The ethics of qualitative research.
  • Ethnographic strategy and observation.
    The understanding and types of strategies for qualitative research. Characteristics of the ethnographic strategy. Observation as a method of qualitative research: rules, procedures, difficulties
  • Qualitative interview. Qualitative analysis of interview.
    The understanding of an interview. Types of interviews in qualitative research. Interview as a process, stages of the interview. Typical mistakes of qualitative interview. How to evaluate the quality of a qualitative interview. Types of qualitative analysis. Qualitative analysis procedures. Triangulation
  • Discourse analysis.
    Discourse analysis strategy. The concept of the discourse. Types of discourse analysis. The procedures of the implementation of the strategy.
  • The presentation of qualitative research results.
    Forms of presentation of research results in academia and in society. Genres of writing in qualitative research. The concept and the procedures for doing public science. Principles and rules of the scientific presentation.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class Participation
  • non-blocking Homework
  • non-blocking exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.4 * exam + 0.2 * Homework + 0.4 * In-class Participation


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Denzin, N. K., & Giardina, M. D. (2014). Qualitative Inquiry Outside the Academy. Walnut Creek: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=666131
  • Giardina, M. D., & Denzin, N. K. (2015). Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Research. Walnut Creek, California: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=986129
  • 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

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bhattacharya, K. (2017). Fundamentals of Qualitative Research : A Practical Guide. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1486859
  • Denzin, N. K. (2019). The Qualitative Manifesto : A Call to Arms (Vol. Classic Edition). New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1894738
  • Denzin, N. K., & Giardina, M. D. (2018). Qualitative Inquiry in the Public Sphere. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1776848
  • Denzin, N. K., & Giardina, M. D. (2019). Qualitative Inquiry at a Crossroads : Political, Performative, and Methodological Reflections. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2084532
  • Giardina, M. D., & Denzin, N. K. (2015). Qualitative Inquiry—Past, Present, and Future : A Critical Reader. Walnut Creek, CA: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=976702
  • Hesse-Biber, S. N., & Johnson, B. (2015). The Oxford Handbook of Multimethod and Mixed Methods Research Inquiry. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=989215
  • John L. Campbell, & Martyn Hammersley. (2012). What is Qualitative Research? Web server without geographic relation, Web server without geographic relation (org): Bloomsbury Academic. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.E5028EB
  • Johnstone, B. (2017). Discourse Analysis (Vol. Third edition). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1647576
  • Lynggaard, K. V. aut. (2019). Discourse Analysis and European Union Politics by Kennet Lynggaard. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.1678679399
  • Merriam, S. B., & Tisdell, E. J. (2016). Qualitative Research : A Guide to Design and Implementation (Vol. Fourth edition). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1022562
  • Reuchamps, M., Thibodeau, P. H., & Perrez, J. (2019). Studying variation in political metaphor: From discourse analysis to experiment. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsorb&AN=edsorb.238291
  • Rosenthal, G. (2012). Biographical research. Germany, Europe: Sage. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.B47EBA5B
  • Saldaña, J. (2011). Fundamentals of Qualitative Research. New York: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=355780
  • Silverman, D. (DE-588)141743867, (DE-576)163079072. (2010). Doing qualitative research : a practical handbook / David Silverman. Los Angeles [u.a.]: SAGE. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.307026035
  • Van Puyvelde, D. V. (DE-588)1138994839, (DE-576)492808287, aut. (2018). Qualitative research interviews and the study of national security intelligence / Damien Van Puyvelde, University of Glasgow. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.513894985
  • Villaceran, M. A. J. (2013). Literary Ethnography: Ethnographic Writing as a Good Read. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.F8A2828D
  • Waring, H. Z. (2018). Discourse Analysis : The Questions Discourse Analysts Ask and How They Answer Them. New York, NY: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1585455