Research Design in Qualitative Inquiry

Third-cycle level | 7.5 credits | Course code: SFGS315
VT 2021
Study period: 2021-03-01 - 2021-03-31
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in English
Application period: 2020-11-19 - 2021-02-01
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Course description

This course is focused on questions about research design in qualitative research. In-depth studies of one case and/or case-based comparative analysis, often based on qualitative data, constitute cornerstones in social science research. During the course different types and purposes of case studies, principles behind case-selections and design of studies, as well as process-tracing and different understandings of causal mechanisms and how it might be used for research, will be addressed and discussed.

The course aims to help PhD candidates to critically assess and discuss research design approaches in qualitative research as well as to develop the research design for their own dissertation project. The course content is in part adapted to the individual candidate’s needs related to methodological considerations and research design proposal.

Target group

The course is compulsary for PhD students in Peace and Development Research at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. The course is also open for students enrolled in a PhD program in Peace and Development Research, Environmental Social Science or other relevant fields of study at other departments and universities.

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible for the course the applicant must fulfill the general entry requirements for postgraduate studies. A good command of English is vital. Requirements are: Swedish Gymnasium Engelska B with at least a Pass mark, or a valid test of English as a foreign language, or alternatively a Bacholer’s degree from an education held in English.

Selection

The course is open for students enrolled in a PhD program in Peace and Development Research, Environmental Social Science or other relevant fields of study, or equivalent. PhD students at the School of Global studies will be given priority. Other applicants will be assessed and admitted based on the relevance of their PhD project.

Other information

The course is online. We meet 2-3 times every week. Students are expected to participate in all lectures and seminars. The lectures will not be recorded and uploaded afterwards.

Course syllabus

SFGS315

Department

School of Global Studies

Subject

Social Science

Type of course

Method course

Keywords

research design, forskningsdesign, qualitative research, kvalitativ forskning, methods, metod

CONTACTIsabell Schierenbeck

isabell.schierenbeck@globalstudies.gu.se