Qualitative Research

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Qualitative Research

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Research, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    Qualitative 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.

Course Disclaimer

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.


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