Foundations of Social Research: Qualitative and Mixed Methods
- Creating methodological basis for research in public policy sphere
- Forming understanding of qualitative in comparison with quantitative research methodology
- Developing conceptual understanding of the qualitative research planning and design
- Studying methods of qualitative research: different types of interviews, focus groups, participant observation, case study and others
- Proposing a practical perspective on combining qualitative and quantitative methods in developing mixed-methods research designs
- Creating practical skills of using qualitative data in public policy
- As a results, students should be able to collect and interpret qualitative data to analyze public policy phenomena and processes.
- As a results, students should know key instruments of qualitative methods in social research, its genres, specifics and conditions of implementation.
- As a results, students should acquire the skills for usage of different methods of collecting and analyzing qualitative data.
- Design and Logic of Qualitative ResearchPrinciples of research for social sciences. Qualitative and quantitative social research: comparative advantages and limitations. Kinds and genres of qualitative research. Research ethics. Planning and designing a qualitative research project. Literature review, research problem, research purpose, research question, research tasks and qualitative research design.
- Interview: types and techniquesTypes of interviews. Interviews with experts. Organization and holding of expert survey: steps, meth- ods and conditions of selection of experts, problems of access tools. Focus Groups. Indepth interviews. Drafting of the questionnaire: open-ended questions, understanding and interpretation. Making ar- rangements for interviewing. Requirements for the interviewer.
- ObservationKinds of observation. Observing and participating. Reasons for using observation for data collection? Advantages and disadvantages of using participant observation. Planning and organizing participant observation. Keeping and analyzing field notes and writing up the findings. Ethical issues.
- Secondary and Specialized Methods and Data Analyzing/InterpretingContent analysis and archival analysis. Life histories and narrative inquiry. Historical analysis. Films, videos, and photography. Internet research. Interaction analysis. Combining data collection methods. Analyzing qualita- tive data.
- Interim assessment (3 module)0.2 * Active participation + 0.2 * Essay + 0.4 * Final Essay + 0.2 * Group presentation
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