This course will provide introductory level instruction in the use of qualitative inquiry for students to further understand the nuances of clinical and policy driven settings, with a focus on participant observation and in-depth interviewing. As this is an evolving field, qualitative research is marked by creativity as well as by rules and procedural conventions.
The goal is for students to learn the pearls and practical tips associated with designing qualitative studies, coordinating fieldwork, techniques of data development and management. We will also consider activities and tasks associated with gathering a knowledge base, using literature from the health and social sciences and the importance of rigour and reflexivity. Students will come to class prepared to actively engage in group discussions and to discuss their own thesis work. Students who complete this course will be able to begin conducting qualitative research.
Students will enhance their abilities to examine the philosophy and epistemology of qualitative methods, explore the strengths and limitations of this approach and develop the skills to design qualitative research, gather qualitative data, and analyze the information.
- Student seminar presentations
- Development of a research proposal
- Develop, pilot, and transcribe a qualitative interview
- Preliminary coding and thematic analysis of interview
- Class Participation