This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to critically evaluate qualitative research and to perform qualitative research in academic or organizational contexts. Students will explore a variety of qualitative research approaches, paying special attention to issues of epistemology (ways of knowing), methodology (ways of examining) and representation (ways of conveying research findings). Students will carry out their own research project, engaging in field research. Through this project, students will have the opportunity to experience and understand the phases of qualitative research such as: planning, negotiating access, observing, interviewing, creating field texts, analyzing field texts and writing. The goal is that students will emerge from the class with first-hand qualitative research experience that facilitates an in-depth understanding of qualitative research methods.
Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.