Research in Sociology
Discover the advantages and disadvantages of using the face-to-face interview as a research method. Select a topic to investigate and put forward a research plan. Run three qualitative interviews. Combine all your learnings in an in-depth report.
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This subject engages you with a very common from of sociological research: the face-to-face interview. At the conclusion of the subject you will:
- understand the notion of epistemology and the ways in which epistemology may shape methodological choices;
- recognize different types of interviews;
- grasp the strengths and limitations of interviews as a research method;
- identify the ethical issues that may arise in semi-structured qualitative interviewing and appreciate issues of subjectivity and reflexivity in the research process;
- know how to conduct and transcribe a semi-structured qualitative interview and write a qualitative research report.
- Introduction to qualitative research
- The what and why of interviewing
- Developing the interview guide
- Selecting, finding and accessing research participants
- Subjectivity and Reflexivity in Interviewing
- Conducting the interview
- Transcription and field notes
- The Literature Review
- Qualitative data analysis
- Qualitative data analysis
- Writing a qualitative research report
Completion of two other Sociology units.
No special requirements
This subject provides hands on experience of social research. The particular focus is the semi-structured qualitative interviews. You nominate a research topic and, with the assistance of the teaching team, draft a research plan to investigate that topic. You then undertake three semi-structured qualitative interviews and qualitative data analysis following templates and protocols provided by the research team.
Assessment involves preparation of a research plan, the submission of the first interview transcribed and with preliminary data analysis and personal reflections on the interview process, and a final research report collating the findings from the three interviews.
- Interview (20%)
- Planning Assessment — Research Plan (20%)
- Report — Research Report (45%)
- Discussion Board Participation (15%)
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