The course is obligatory for all the Society and Change Bachelor students.
Students will acquire basic skills in qualitative methods for social research and particularly for conducting Bachelor thesis research in development studies. They will become acquainted with the logic of coherent methodological threads in research, and with some tools for gathering and analyzing information and data of different nature and from various environments.
The course will provide an overview on different research methods commonly used in social research, with some practice on how to use them. The course will cover the following topics: 1) Methodologies-methods’ choices and introduction to different data and information; 2) Participatory and action research, engagement and ethics, also using virtual sources; 3) Literature reviews and
scientific journals; 4) Verbal methods: surveys, interviews, focus groups; 5) Spatialized data: reading maps; 6) Building participatory maps and transect walks; 7) Visual methods: documentation and elicitation of images and photos.
Reading material for lecturing and blended learning:
Articles from e-journals, internet sources, as well as selected chapters from the following books:
- Linda Tuhiwai Smith (2012), Decolonizing Methodologies, Zed Books
- Jacques Chevaliers and Daniel Buckles (2013), Participatory Action Research, Theory and Methods for Engaged Inquiry, Routledge
- Basil Gomez and John Paul Johnes III (2010) Research Methods in Geography: A Critical Introduction, Wiley
- Nicholas Clifford, Meghan Cope, Thomas Gillespie and Shaun French (2016) Key methods in Geography, Sage
- Mark Monmonier (1996) How to lie with maps. University of Chicago Press.
- Sarah Pink (2013), Visual ethnography, Sage
In the evaluation the different assignments will be considered, self-evaluation will be recommended.
Lectures and groupworks or e-learning and involved literature and assignments (Bachelor Students in Society and Change Programme)