Qualitative Skills for Criminologists (Previously Qualitative Social Research) - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 - Fieldwork exercise (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

This unit provides students with an opportunity to develop practical skills in collecting, analysing and presenting qualitative data. It starts with an overview of the philosophical, practical and ethical issues involved in `doing' qualitative research before introducing students to a wide range of qualitative data collection methods. Students will also learn how to organise, analyse and write up qualitative research data. Throughout the course, a hands-on approach will be taken, providing an opportunity to develop research skills and to develop a critical evaluative perspective on the research process itself.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

1  Discuss and debate the main characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of qualitative social research.
2  Demonstrate an understanding of the process of qualitative research, including issues of research design, ethics and politics.
3  Identify criteria by which to evaluate qualitative research and apply these criteria in critical review of published work.
4  Demonstrate an understanding of different techniques for qualitative data collection and the practical and ethical issues involved.
5  Discriminate between different qualitative approaches and their application.
6  Demonstrate an ability to systematically collect, manage, analyse and write-up qualitative data.

  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Fieldwork exercise (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Inductive Thematic Analysis (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MCCJ7037 — Qualitative Social Research
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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Why do qualitative research?
2Study design, rigour and ethics
3Qualitative interviewing
4Focus groups
5Designing an interview
6Ethnographic fieldwork
7Using visual materials
8Using the internet
9Observation and field notes
10Documentary research
11Approaches to Analysis
12Presenting qualitative research
13Thematic Analysis

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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