SOC 157 Qualitative Methods in Sociology





This seminar offers an in-depth overview of qualitative research methods in sociology. We will focus on three methods: interviews, ethnography and content analysis/archival. Through a series of hands-on, applied exercises and practical case-studies of exemplary research, students will learn what qualitative study looks like in the real world. Students will receive training in the basic instruments, sampling strategies, data collections, practical dilemmas, and common problems of different methodological approaches. Throughout the semester, students will have weekly applications of methods, including with programs such as Nvivo. We will learn how to formulate research questions, conceptualize social phenomena, create research designs, code and operationalize, collect data, and interpret and present findings. The course will culminate in a research proposal of each student’s topic.

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