Apr 15, 2024  
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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SO 211 - Qualitative Methods in Social Science Research

This course introduces students to qualitative research from various social sciences by focusing on micro-level processes of peoples’ lives.  it examines concepts such as language, meanings, identities and discourse as they connect to larger structural and macro-level institutions.  Students study foundational concepts, research questions that guide qualitative research, ethical issues, and methodological challenges before exploring, practicing, analyzing and writing about methods of data collection such as in-depth interviewing, fieldwork/ethnography, focus groups and content analysis.  

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to do the following:


  1. Understand and analyze the qualitative approach to research question formation and data collection, and foundational concepts and theoretical frameworks of qualitative methods within larger societal structures;
  2. Identify and examine ethical and methodological challenges of researchers conducting qualitative research;
  3. Practice and apply qualitative skills of data collection of various qualitative methods;
  4. Analyze and present qualitative data in oral and written communication. 

Credits: 3 credits

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