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SSPS6002: Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Qualitative research rests at the heart of social science. This unit introduces students to commonly used techniques for collecting and analyzing categorical data to answer empirical questions about social, cultural, and political phenomena. It examines case studies and comparative history; interviews, ethnography, and fieldwork; plus archives and content analysis, among other topics. Instruction is provided by a team of teachers with experience using these methods. Students therefore gain valuable insight into how to conduct and consume qualitative research.

Code SSPS6002
Academic unit Sociology and Criminology
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the main methods used in the interpretive and qualitative social sciences
  • LO2. apply at least three of these methods toward understanding social and cultural phenomena
  • LO3. identify key debates over ethics, knowledge production and representation.