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The Collection and Analysis of Qualitative Data (PD3)

This module considers qualitative research in relation to your own professional field and also within social science more generally. You will be introduced to a range of methods for the collection and analysis of qualitative data. There will be an opportunity to reflect upon the different kinds of data that are generated from a range of qualitative approaches and to familiarise yourself with contemporary debates about qualitative methods. The module will cover the ethnographic tradition; qualitative research design, access and ethics; strategies for qualitative data collection (participant observation, ethnographic and life history interviews, diaries, focus groups); strategies for qualitative data analysis (coding and analysis, analysing talk and narratives, documentary analysis); an introduction to Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software; representation in qualitative research; generalizing and theorizing; ethics in qualitative research.