Advanced Qualitative Research

Institute of Applied Social Studies, School of Social Policy

College of Social Sciences


Code 14325

Level of study Masters Level

Credit value 10

Semester 2

Module description

The module takes the issues introduced in Basic Qualitative Social Research Methods and encourages students to think through the ways in which they are (re)negotiated in the practice of qualitative research. It will be based around four soon-to-be-completed PhD projects within the School of Social Sciences (and within Human Geography) in which qualitative research methods have been employed in a variety of combinations and contexts. Students will be introduced to the practicalities and problems encountered by these researchers in attempting to a) select the methods and analyses appropriate to their research questions, b) operationalise "ideal" combinations of theory, methods sampling, access, positionality, ethics and writing in "the field", and c) negotiate the "expanded field" of academic research (eg between the subjects of, and sudiences for, such work). Drawing on ideas raised in discussions of these case studies, in the qualitative research literature, and in materials relating to the specific area in which they intended to do their research, students will be required to submit a research plan which anticipates and allows them to think through the ways in which their research "ideals" could be translated into concrete research practice.