· The course is obligatory for those Society and Change Master students whose study direction is Development Studies.
· If there is space, a certain number of students from other study directions in Society and Change programme may be accepted to the course.
Students will deepen the skills acquired in the BA studies on qualitative methods for social research and particularly for conducting Master thesis research. They will practice diverse tools for gathering information and data of different nature and from various environments, as well as analytical methods to process them.
Through instructions, guided practical exercises and reading, students will acquire basic knowledge on different research methods commonly used in social research, and on some preconditions for good research practice including ethics. The course will include preliminary research conditions and ethical practices; methods for gathering different types of data, and methods for data analysis, like content and discourse analysis.
The course reading material will include a number of scientific articles to be obtained through e-journals, internet sources on research methods (e.g. Sage webpages), as well as the following books:
- Kathy Charmaz (2014) Constructing Grounded Theory, Sage
- Linda Tuhiwai Smith (2012), Decolonizing Methodologies, Zed Books
- Jacques Chevaliers and Daniel Buckles (2013), Participatory Action Research, Theory and Methods for Engaged Inquiry, Routledge
- Ruth Wodak and Michael Meyer (2016), Methods of Critical Discourse Studies, Sage
- Nicholas Clifford, Meghan Cope, Thomas Gillespie and Shaun French (2016) Key methods in Geography, Sage
- Gillian Rose (2012), Visual methodologies, Sage
- Pat Bazeley (2013), Qualitative data analysis, Sage
Scale 0-5. In evaluation all the assignments will be considered, self-evaluation will be recommended.
Seminars and group works, literature and individual assignments