Course catalogue doctoral education - HT21

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Title From What to How; Contemporary Narrative Methodology in Health Care Research
Course number 2670
Programme Health Care Science (PUF-V)
Language English
Credits 4.0
Date 2021-09-30 -- 2021-11-23
Responsible KI department Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The aim of the course is for the doctoral students to develop an overview of theory and application of contemporary narrative and interpretive methods in health-care research and to develop knowledge and skills in applying this knowledge in their own project. Furthermore, the purpose is for the doctoral student to develop knowledge and
proficiency in using qualitative methods to study processes and multifaceted phenomena.
Intended learning outcomes - Ability to design relevant narrative and interpretative studies based on own research question.
- Ability to perform narrative and interpretative analyses on own data material with supervision.
- Ability to analyse and discuss quality and relevance of narrative and interpretative methodology in relation to own question and relevant discourses in health care science.
Contents of the course - Positioning of narrative and interpretative analysis in relation to other qualitative methodology.
- Definitions of central concepts used in narrative and interpretative methodologies
- Methodological approaches in narrative and interpretative methods that focus on:(1) verbal data, (2) observed action, and (3) processes utilizing multiple data materials.
- Design of a study based on own research question that is well suited for narrative and interpretative methodology.
- Skill training in use of narrative and interpretative strategies in analyses of data from own project.
Teaching and learning activities The course will be given over one semester with course meetings in the form of workshops. The workshops will consist of lectures, seminars, and study groups with supervision. Students will participate in study groups depending on the form of the narrative analyses they choose to practice. This training format targets the learning needs of each student. Students will use their own data material and be supervised by an expert in the most suitable narrative methodology in the study groups. Between workshops, students will collaborate with help of an IT based platform.
Compulsory elements Participation is mandatory at workshops. In case of absence students will be given additional assignments
Examination Criteria for pass; Fulfillment of learning outcomes.
Students will be given written feedback on assignement in relation to learning outcomes.
Literature and other teaching material Mandatory literature:

Alsaker, S., Bongaardt, R., & Josephsson, S. (2009). Studying narrative-in-action in women with chronic rheumatic conditions. Qualitative health research, 19(8), 1154-1161.

Gustavsson A. (2000). Tolkning och Tolkningsteori 1. Introduktion [Interpretation and Interpretation Theory 1. Introduction.]. Stockholm: Pedagogiska Institutionen, Stockholms Universitet.

Hyden, L-C. (1997). Illness and narrative. Sociological Health Ill, 19(1), 48-69.

Josephsson, S., & Alsaker, S. (2015). Narrative methodology: A tool to access unfolding and situated meaning in occupation. In S. Nayar & M. Stanley (Eds.), Qualitative research methodologies for occupational science and occupational therapy (pp. 70–83). New York, NY: Routledge.

Mattingly, C. (1998). Healing dramas and clinical plots: The narrative structure of experience. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.

Polkinghorne, D. E. (1995). Narrative configuration in qualitative analysis. Qualitative Studies in Education, 8(1), 5-23.

Recommended literature:

Bruner, J. (1986). Actual minds, open worlds. Cambridge, MA: Harward University Press.

Jonsson, H., Nyman, A. & Josephsson, S. (2008) Narrativ Analys. In Granskär, M., & Höglund-Nielsen, B. (2012). Tillämpad kvalitativ forskning inom hälso-och sjukvård. [Applied qualitative research in caring sciences]. Studentlitteratur.

Kleinman, A. (2006). What really matters: Living a moral life amidst uncertainty and danger. Oxford: Oxford
University Press.

Nyman, A., Josephsson, S. & Isaksson, G. (2012) Being part of an enacted togetherness: Narratives of elderly
people with depression. Journal of Aging Studies.26(4) 410-418.

Polkinghorne, D. E. (1996). Transformative narratives: From victimic to agentic life plots. American Journal of
Occupational Therapy, 50, 299-305.

Catherine Kohler Riessman (2008). Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences. CA, USA: SAGE Publications.
Number of students 8 - 25
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date)
More information The course is held September 30, October 1, October 25-26 and November 22-23.
Additional course leader Sissel Alsaker, professor NTNU - Trondheim.
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Staffan Josephsson
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
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