ECGS Master’s students, preferably those beginning to work on their Master’s thesis. Max 20 students.
Students should have some basic knowledge (corresponding to a Bachelor’s degree) in social sciences, such as social and public policy, sociology or an appropriate field, such as environmental sciences.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand the characteristics, roles, and importance of qualitative research
- Contrast and compare practical and methodological challenges associated with a range of qualitative research methods
- Implement different qualitative data collection techniques relevant to studying identified environmental issues
- Analyze qualitative data through hands-on experience
- Communicate the findings from a qualitative study
The course introduces students to qualitative research methods and methodologies that are useful in problem-oriented research on environmental issues and sustainability more broadly. The course covers the different stages of the research process from identifying a research question and developing a research design to interpreting results. The course will cover the following topics: approaches to qualitative research, case study research, interviews, qualitative content analysis, discourse analysis, ethnographic methods, and practice approaches.
The course consists of 10 x 1,5h lectures.
According to the requirements above.
The focus of the course is on the practical application of qualitative research methods for environmental studies. Lectures will be accompanied by relevant readings, but these are non-compulsory.
Relevant literature includes:
- Silverman, D (2006): Interpreting qualitative data: Methods for analyzing talk, text and interaction
- Flick, U (2018) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection
- Seale et al. (2004) Qualitative Research Practice
- Participation in lectures
- 6-8 individual research assignments (max 1 page), akin to a course diary, (100%)
The research assignments will be graded on a scale from 0-5. The criteria will available on the course’s Moodle-page.
Johan Munck af Rosenschöld, Nina Janasik, Kamilla Karhunmaa