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Teaches students how to conduct qualitative research focusing on techniques of observation, in-depth interviewing and data analysis. The unit has a practical orientation, students will actually engage in interviewing, participant observation, transcription and data analysis during the course. Assignments are based on learning how to use these skills and write or talk about them. Consideration is also given to the role of qualitative research in social policy, ethical issues, and the history of the different methods.

Summary 2020

Unit name Qualitative Research Methods
Unit code HGA330
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Teaching staff

Dr Emily Hansen

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Teaching Pattern

4.5 hour seminars run over two weeks


1x 1500 word assignment (30%)

1x oral presentation (with a two page written summary to be submitted) (20%)

1x 3000 word assignment (50%)

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