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In this course you will be introduced to the basic ideas behind the qualitative research in social science. You will learn about data collection, description, analysis and interpretation in qualitative research. Qualitative research often involves an iterative process. We will focus on the ingredients required for this process: data collection and analysis. You won't learn how to use qualitative methods by just watching video's, so we put much stress on collecting data through observation and interviewing and on analysing and interpreting the collected data in other assignments. Obviously, the most important concepts in qualitative research will be discussed, just as we will discuss quality criteria, good practices, ethics, writing some methods of analysis, and mixing methods. We hope to take away some prejudice, and enthuse many students for qualitative research....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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5 hours to complete

Philosophy of Qualitative Research

Welcome to the first week of the course. We start with an introduction, followed by two lessons on the Philosophy of Qualitative Research....
Reading
8 videos (Total 61 min), 12 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
1.1 On Elephants10m
1.2 Ontology for social actors6m
1.3 Ontology for social researchers4m
1.4 Epistemology8m
1.5 Hermeneutics7m
1.6 Phenomenology10m
1.7 Pragmatism5m
Reading12 readings
A very warm welcome to Qualitative Research Methods!10m
Course description10m
Prerequisite knowledge needed10m
Course Structure10m
Standing on shoulders of giants10m
Team10m
On Elephants10m
Slides10m
References10m
How to never emerge from the library again...10m
Slides10m
References10m
Week
2
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5 hours to complete

Observation

In the first module we discussed the philosophy of qualitative research, explaining some basic notions and general philosophical approaches. In this second module we'll discuss observation as an important method within qualitative research. What types of observation are there? How do we observe? And how do we analyse and describe our data? ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 78 min), 10 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
2.2 Participant Observation13m
2.3 Views on Observation9m
2.4 Observational Focus7m
2.5 Cyclists in Amsterdam6m
2.6 Privatizing Public Space11m
2.7 Field Notes7m
2.8 Fieldwork organisation6m
2.9 Observation and Interpretation8m
Reading10 readings
Background of observation as a method10m
Slides10m
References10m
Focus and the assignment10m
Slides10m
References10m
Note taking and Interpreting10m
Slides10m
References10m
Peer Review: Assignment B: instructions10m
Week
3
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4 hours to complete

Good Practices & Criteria

What makes qualitative research 'good' is a rather difficult question. Different criteria are suggested, but within the field of qualitative research there is not much agreement on these criteria. However, there is quite some agreement on what good practices of qualitative research are. In this module we will start in lesson 1 with a discussion of good practices of qualitative research....
Reading
9 videos (Total 89 min), 9 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
3.2 Triangulation8m
3.3 Abduction25m
3.4 Focus on Details and Context5m
3.5 Look for Contradiction6m
3.6 Reflexivity7m
3.7 How Many Cases Are Enough5m
3.8 Theoretical Saturation7m
3.9 Criteria For Research Quality12m
Reading9 readings
Good practices10m
Slides10m
References10m
Selecting Cases10m
Slides10m
References10m
Criteria for Research Quality10m
Slides10m
References10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice quiz6m
Midterm examm
Week
4
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5 hours to complete

Qualitative Interviewing

In this module we'll look at what a qualitative interview entails by trying to define it and by discussing different forms of interviewing behaviour. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 62 min), 9 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
4.2 Typologies of Interviews9m
4.3 Rapport in interviewing6m
4.4 Powergame or Roleplaying9m
4.5 Probing and prompting10m
4.6 Probing tactics8m
4.7 Interviewing, a final thought5m
Reading9 readings
What is a qualitative interview?10m
Slides10m
References10m
Interviewing Behaviour10m
Slides10m
References10m
Probing10m
Slides10m
References10m
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Top Reviews

By KOMay 29th 2017

Great course with a solid introduction to qualitative research methods. Loved the enthusiasm in the videos and the assignments were practical and great practice to use the methods taught.

By MHAug 14th 2018

It was awesome experience indeed. I have learned lot of things about Qualitative Research Methods. These lessons will help me a lot to do my personal research. Enjoyed that course much.

Instructor

Gerben Moerman

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Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

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About the Methods and Statistics in Social Sciences Specialization

Identify interesting questions, analyze data sets, and correctly interpret results to make solid, evidence-based decisions. This Specialization covers research methods, design and statistical analysis for social science research questions. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply the skills you learned by developing your own research question, gathering data, and analyzing and reporting on the results using statistical methods....
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