Qualitative Skills for Criminologists
Hone your practical skills in collecting, analysing and presenting qualitative data. Understand the issues of research design, ethics and politics, and identify criteria to evaluate research in a critical review of published work.
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After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:
- Discuss and debate the main characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of qualitative social research.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the process of qualitative research, including issues of research design, ethics and politics.
- Identify criteria by which to evaluate qualitative research and apply these criteria in critical review of published work.
- Demonstrate an understanding of different techniques for qualitative data collection and the practical and ethical issues involved.
- Discriminate between different qualitative approaches and their application.
- Demonstrate an ability to systematically collect, manage, analyse and write-up qualitative data.
- Why do qualitative research?
- Study design, rigour and ethics
- Qualitative interviewing
- Focus groups
- Designing an interview
- Ethnographic fieldwork
- Using visual materials
- Observation and field notes
- Using the internet
- Documentary research
- Approaches to Analysis
- Presenting qualitative research
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
No special requirements
This subject was previously known as Qualitative Social Research.
This subject 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 degree, 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.
- Inductive Thematic Analysis (50%)
- Assignment (20%)
- Fieldwork exercise (30%)