University College Dublin
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.75 - 4.5
Hours & Credits
OverviewQualitative research is concerned with the systematic study of the ways in which people make sense of the world
around them and negotiate their ?place? in it -- how they construct, reproduce and transform personally and
collectively held meanings in the contexts of their social and institutional relationships. While typically
associated with ?in-depth interviews?, qualitative research actually involves methods of collecting and
analysing data generated through the entire range of human expressions, which rely on a variety of different
strategies of elicitation and engagement between the researcher, the participants and the contexts of everyday
life. This module provides an advanced introduction to the philosophy and practice of qualitative research
methodology and data analysis through the critical examination of a variety of readings, studies, actual data
and direct experience. The assessment for this course is based on two portfolios of weekly seminar work in
which students undertake the roles of both researcher and ?participant? to develop the technical, critical
thinking and creative skills that qualitative research requires. As the assignments are directly linked to the
lectures and seminar activities, attendance of both is essential.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.