|Psychology 421||PSY 421|
|Qualitative Research Methods and Critical Analysis||3 (0-1.5-1.5-0)|
This course will introduce students to the rationale for using qualitative research methods in psychology and related disciplines. Clear guidance will be provided on how to carry out basic qualitative research in psychology, including projects employing grounded theory, interpretative phenomenology, case studies, discourse analysis, and participatory action research. Central issues to be addressed in the course include: a' major debates and unresolved issues surrounding this form of research; b' when to use qualitative methods as opposed to quantitative methods; c' how to conduct qualitative research; d' cutting edge theory; e' evolving methodologies; and f' in-depth examination of applied work based on qualitative methods. Ambitious students in this course will obtain the background and opportunity to produce an article using one or several qualitative research methods. This article could be suitable for publication. The methods lend themselves to counselling, clinical, and educational inquiries in field settings.
Prerequisites: Psychology 319 or Sociology 315 and 2nd year standing required