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Introduction to Qualitative Methods

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  • Tue 11 Feb 2020 09.00 - 11.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-02-11 9:00 2020-02-11 11:00 Europe/Paris Introduction to Qualitative Methods

This is a course about how to evaluate and conduct rigorous, epistemologically plural qualitative research. It will both introduce you to key concepts and methods – cause and case studies, positionality and ethnography, say – and show how they work in practice. Seminar sessions will be divided in two – a conceptual introduction and overview that is then followed by examples drawn from key topics and sub-fields within SPS. The goal is not for you to become methodologists, but to be smart consumers and users of qualitative methods in your own studies and reading.

The course has two parts. We begin with foundational issues. Methods can flow from different philosophical starting points, with process tracing and discourse approaches – for example – being quite distinct techniques for gathering and evaluating data. They draw upon contrasting epistemologies that attune them to certain types of research questions, while limiting their ability to shed light on others. In this first part, we also consider causation, theory and ethics in a similar way, tracing how differing philosophical assumptions shape their understanding and use – and their relation to method.

The bulk of the course is then an introduction to a number of qualitative methods. Each seminar session introduces a particular technique, provides a critical net assessment, and shows how the method works in practice. The latter is accomplished by drawing upon empirical research in the social and political sciences.

The seminar is worth 20 credits.

Seminar Room 2 - Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 2 - Badia Fiesolana

This is a course about how to evaluate and conduct rigorous, epistemologically plural qualitative research. It will both introduce you to key concepts and methods – cause and case studies, positionality and ethnography, say – and show how they work in practice. Seminar sessions will be divided in two – a conceptual introduction and overview that is then followed by examples drawn from key topics and sub-fields within SPS. The goal is not for you to become methodologists, but to be smart consumers and users of qualitative methods in your own studies and reading.

The course has two parts. We begin with foundational issues. Methods can flow from different philosophical starting points, with process tracing and discourse approaches – for example – being quite distinct techniques for gathering and evaluating data. They draw upon contrasting epistemologies that attune them to certain types of research questions, while limiting their ability to shed light on others. In this first part, we also consider causation, theory and ethics in a similar way, tracing how differing philosophical assumptions shape their understanding and use – and their relation to method.

The bulk of the course is then an introduction to a number of qualitative methods. Each seminar session introduces a particular technique, provides a critical net assessment, and shows how the method works in practice. The latter is accomplished by drawing upon empirical research in the social and political sciences.

The seminar is worth 20 credits.


Location:
Seminar Room 2 - Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Seminar

Contact:
Adele Ines Battistini (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Organiser:
prof Jeffrey T. Checkel (European University Institute)

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