A ten week course covering:

  1. Human and social science methods vs. natural science methods
  2. Induction and theory building.  Hermeneutics, interpretation, personal meaning and subjectivity, narrative versus objective truth.  Experience vs. reality.
  3. Grounded theory and thematic methods, discourse analysis, participant-observation, template analysis
  4. Phenomenological approaches
  5. Formulating a research question.
  6. Locating and selecting research participants.
  7. Methods of data collection and validation.  Semi-structured and unstructured interviews.
  8. Illustrations, anecdotes, case studies.  The role of rhetoric in science and practice.  Self-reflection.  Reflexivity.  Ethical considerations.
  9. Designing and conducting qualitative research.\
  10. Mixing methods: the relative strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative research.  Mixed qualitative methods.