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Qualitative Data Analysis

ECTS: 
4
Lecturer: 
dr hab. Adam Mrozowicki
Type: 
Compulsory
Classes
Number of hours: 
2h X 15 weeks = 30 hours (1 semester)
Objective: 

The goal of this module is to provide students' with an advanced knowledge of epistemic and theoretical assumptions of qualitative sociological research. A student will acquire skills at selecting and using the techniques of qualitative research design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation and reporting within an individual research project. S/he will also acquire competences related to cooperation in task-oriented small research teams.

Assessment: 

1. Assessment of the participation in group discussions during the classes
2. Assessment of the research design and the process of data collection and the partial and overall results of data analysis of individual cases
3. Assessment of the report from research based on the individual and group interpretation and analysis of the collected data

The overall mark will be composed of partial marks from the criteria 1-3 with the special emphasis on the qualitative data analysis skills and competences as demonstrated in the quality of intermediate and final reports.

Specific requirements
During the class 3-4 we will discuss the ideas for individual mini-research projects. Next, the students will be expected to collect and transcribe two semi-structured interviews (each) related to individual projects - the first one within the next 2 weeks (to be analyses during class 7-8) and the next one within the next month.

The analysis of interviews will be the basis of an individual mini report (10 pages long). The report should include following parts: introduction, a brief presentation of theoretical background, a detailed description of methodology, data analysis and conclusion. The reports will be presented during the last class.

In addition, for class 10-11 students shall bring 2-3 pictures of themselves in their family or friends context to be analyzed with the tools of visual sociology during the class. Details will be shared in advance.

Prerequisites: 

Completed course in methodology (semester 2nd or equivalent)

Contents: 

(1) Introduction to the content of the course and assessment criteria; (2) Qualitative research: multiple paradigms and historical evolution of qualitative research; (3-4) Designing a qualitative research project - discussion of a common theme within a group; formulating and justifying research problems; developing research tools; ethical and practical dilemmas related to qualitative research; (5) Methodological approaches to the analysis of qualitative (interview) data : positivism, emotionalism, constructivism; (6) Grounded theory methodology (GTM) as research style and the set of procedures; (7-8) Qualitative data coding - a workshop based on students’ individual interviews;  (9) Theoretical sampling, memos writing and constructing hypotheses; (10-11) The analysis of visual data (students’ own family photographs): basic principles, diverse approaches (GTM, content, discourse analysis); (12) Basics of the biographical narrative analysis by Fritz Schuetze (interviews provided by a teacher); (13) Formulating and reporting the results of qualitative research; (14) Quality in qualitative research: assessment criteria and methods; (15) Presentation and discussion of the results of students' research projects. Evaluation of the course.