After completing the course, the students should:
- have advanced knowledge about key qualitative methods, such as interviews, document studies, fieldwork/ethnography.
- have advanced knowledge about methodological positions within qualitative research, especially as regards the theory–data interface (cf. grounded theory, abductive analysis, etc.), and be able to contribute to such debates
- be able to evaluate the use of different qualitative methods in applied analysis of social phenomena, in ways that mirror the status of the research front
- be able to navigate complex questions in qualitative methods, and to challenge established methodological positions.
By the end of the course, the students should be able to:
- identify methodological implications of specific qualitative methods
- produce new knowledge about methodological tools that enables them to plan and conduct interpretive analyses of various data sources such as interviews, conversations, observation, and documents.
- reflect critically on methods, and to produce scientific papers on the theme of qualitative methodology, departing from one’s own ongoing research; papers of near-publishable standard
- handle complex methodological implications in ongoing qualitative research.
- communicate the results of his/her reflections in speech and writing in a clear and systematic way, and in ways that contribute to move the research front.
By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- meet social phenomena and theoretical-academic subjects with methodological assumptions that must be basis for an analysis of the data through research-based production of insight and knowledge.
- contribute to social science debates (research front) about the methodological choices one makes in developing and conducting qualitative research
The course will make students acquainted with methodological issues within qualitative research in general. It will help students to frame their respective research studies in methodologically sound manner, and to identify key practical-methodological issues within their studies. Topics include:
- Some classical and recent methodological tools for constructing and interpreting qualitative data, by way of interviews, field conversations, written documents, media publications, photos, and observations.
- The course will enable participants to reflect critically about crucial practical aspects of qualitative research, regarding access to field, obstacles in recruitment of participants, and other practical aspects of carrying out of research.
- The course will also prepare participants to argue epistemologically for the methods they apply in their theses.
- Crucially, the course will achieve the above by grounding the discussions and the students' individual papers in methodological reflections about the respective PhD projects.
The course is integrated with PHD101: Research Design, but can also be taken as a stand-alone course.
Required prerequisite knowledge
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- Prepare a 1 p. (ca.) note on methodological questions departing from your PhD project, which outlines the planned topic for the course paper. This note must be submitted one week in advance of the course.
- Prepape comments to one of the other participants’ note
- An individual presentation at the end of the course week. The presentation should be a reflection on the 1 p. note submitted in advance. Students may then highlight elaborations and possible alterations as result of discussions over the week.
- Prepare for individual lectures (see in particular description for Corte’s lecture on academic writing)
- Prepare by reading literature
- Generally active participation in discussions in general.
- Course coordinator
- Anders Vassenden
Method of work
Link to reading list
Sist oppdatert: 10.12.2019