Qualitative Research Methods

RSCH 2000

In this course, students learn key concepts and methodologies associated with qualitative data analysis and research design in the social sciences, and how qualitative research can provide important insights into problems or needs within a community or client populations, patterns of service delivery, consumer satisfaction and public opinion. Students differentiate qualitative from quantitative research, investigate how qualitative research studies are designed, why a particular research methodology is chosen and how that methodology is carried out. Students are introduced to methods such as ethnography, participant observation, interviewing and focus groups. Students learn to interpret research results, communicate findings effectively and think critically about research results that are presented to them in their coursework and in the media.



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Students registering for credit courses for the first time must declare a program at the point of registration. Declaring a program does not necessarily mean students must complete a program, individual courses may be taken for skill improvement and upgrading.

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