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PSYC601 - Qualitative Methods in Social Science Research

Course Details

Course Code: PSYC601 Course ID: 4973 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course provides an overview of the cross-section of research methods that fall under the rubric of qualitative methodology. In examining these multiple approaches to qualitative methods, this course will discuss issues of research ethics, interviewing methods, conversation and discourse analyses, content analyses, and unobtrusive measures. The completion of this course will have applications in pure research, as well as in clinical assessments.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

  1. Students will be able to define the key characteristics of qualitative research methods.
  2. Students will be able to apply ethical frameworks to the achievement of qualitative research outcomes.
  3. Students will be able to apply semi-structured interview methodology to the collection of qualitative data.
  4. Students will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of different qualitative analytical frameworks given the type of research being conducted.
  5. Students will be able to analyze the key differences between major qualitative approaches.

Written Assignments*

Paper One: Construct an 5-7 page paper that: a) details the ethical considerations in embarking upon a qualitative research project; b) proposes a qualitative project via two well-written research questions (RQ) and 2-3 semi-structured interview questions for each (RQ); and c) identifies the target populations, as well as any ethical challenges you might expect to encounter where completing such a project is concerned. Your paper should utilize sound critical thought, liberally refer to and cite course materials, and be written in APA-format (to include a title page, abstract, properly formatted in-text citations and a reference page). (This assignment is worth 100 pts; due at the end of Week 3. See additional guidance attached to the assignment link.)

Paper Two: Construct a 7-9 page paper that: a) situates the field of content analysis within the broader framework of qualitative methods; b) provides a detailed content analysis of a particular form of popular media; and c) recommends further research in the content analysis area based upon the findings of your analysis. Your paper should utilize sound critical thought, refer to course materials, and be written in APA-format (to include a title page, abstract, appropriate in-text citations and a reference page). (This assignment is worth 100 pts; due at the end of Week 5. See additional guidance attached to the assignment link.)

Paper Three: Construct a 9-11-page paper that: a) demonstrates proficiency in setting up an ethnographic research project; b) describes a strategic site for ethnographic research; and c) conducts ethnographic research and presents some preliminary findings. Your paper should utilize sound critical thought, refer to course materials and lessons, and be written in APA-format (to include a title page, abstract, appropriate in-text citations and a reference page). (This assignment is worth 100 pts; due at the end of Week 7. See additional guidance attached to the assignment link.)

*The written assignments will contribute 68% to the course grade.

Weekly Discussions

One discussion each week except for Weeks 5 and 7. Weighted at 32% of the course grade – 5.33% per discussion.

Grading Scale

Assignment

Grade Percentage

Discussion Topics

32% of Total Grade

Written Assignments

68% of Total Grade

Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified
Publication Info:
ISBN: N/A
Required Readings in the course are taken from a variety Open Educational Resources (OER). See the course outline section of the syllabus for a complete listing.
Book Title:The Handbook of Narrative Analysis -eBook available through the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9781118458150
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:De Fina and Alexandra Georgakopoulou
Unit Cost:$195.00
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.
Author:No Author Specified
Book Title:Participant Observation : A Guide for Fieldworkers - eBook available through the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780759119260
Publication Info:AltaMira Press Lib
Author:DeWalt and DeWalt
Unit Cost:$114.00
Book Title:Qualitative inquiry in everyday life (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
ISBN:9780857024763
Publication Info:Sage Lib
Author:Brinkmann, Svend
Unit Cost:$4,114.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.