Sociology and Criminology

Doing Social Research: working with qualitative data

Module code: L3079
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework

You will be introduced to thinking about how to conduct sociological research using different methods. In this part you will focus on qualitative approaches. You 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.

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