This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23
Fieldwork and Interpretation
||Available in 2021/22
Excluded Combination of Modules
- To give students a comprehensive view of qualitative field methods used by social sciences, including the collection, management and interpretation of qualitative data.
- Relation of explanatory theories to methods of research.
- Ethnography and participant observation.
- Interviewing, such as semi-structured and ethnographic interviews, life history interviews.
- Focus groups and participatory research methods, such as audio-visual methods.
- Power relations and reflexivity in qualitative research.
- Management and analysis of qualitative data.
- Ethical issues in qualitative research.
- A comprehensive overview of qualitative field methods used by social scientists.
- A thorough understanding of the ways in which social scientists interpret ethnographic and other qualitative data.
- To be able to use effectively a range of qualitative social research techniques, including ethnography and participant observation, individual and group-based interviews, and participatory research methods.
- To be able to analyse and interpret qualitative data.
- To understand the relationships between method and theory.
- To appreciate some of the ethical issues inherent in qualitative social research
- Critical engagement with literature.
- Written communication skills: producing a clear and well-argued research report.
- Reflexivity: reflecting on own research practice.
Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to
the learning outcomes of the module
- Lectures: to introduce each topic, present key literature and frame theoretical considerations.
- Seminars: accompanying discussion/reflections.
- Practical exercises: to give students hands-on experience of using each method with their peers.
- Assessment via a reflexive portfolio of practical write-ups, incorporating theoretical as well as practical reflections.
Teaching Methods and Learning Hours
|Preparation and Reading
||Component Weighting: 100%
||Length / duration
|Portfolio: reflexive write-ups of practical classes.
Portfolio assessment: reflexive write-up of one practical assignment (c. 500 words) with individual written feedback.
■ Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University