Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Doing Social Research: working with qualitative data

Module L3079

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

Students will be introduced to thinking about how to conduct sociological research using different methods. In this part they will focus on qualitative approaches. They will be introduced to debates in the social sciences related to research design, epistemology and studying sensitive and ethical issues, and will get practical experience in key methods for gathering and analysing qualitative data including interviewing, participant observation and textual analysis. Assessment will include a mini- or 'pilot' project carried out using one method.

Please note that students are required to pass both L3078 Doing Social Research: working with quantitative data and L3079 Doing Social Research: working with qualitative data in order to take the Project in the final year.

Module learning outcomes

Identify a sociological issue or question that could be investigated with qualitative data

Design and pilot a research project using a single qualitative method and reflect on their experience

Reflect on ethical issues raised in doing social research

Analyse and evaluate qualitative data and concepts

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PortfolioA2 Week 2 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111000000
Spring SemesterWorkshop2 hours111111111110

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Aleksandra Lewicki

Assess convenor, Convenor

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