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Swedish title Orientering i kvalitativa forskningsmetoder
English title Orientation in qualitative research methods
Course number 2857
Credits 1.5
Responsible KI department Institutionen för global folkhälsa
Specific entry requirements None
Grading Passed /Not passed
Established by The Board of Doctoral Education
Established 2016-03-07
Purpose of the course The course will develop students' skills in critical analysis of qualitative research; students will also gain confidence in analysing and discussing qualitative research. Students will moreover gain practical skills in team based work, including presenting their own research.
Intended learning outcomes At the end of the course the students should be able to:
- understand and explain the theoretical basis for the main qualitative methods
- understand and explain the main differences between qualitative and quantitave research
- know the basics of the main qualitative research methods (content analysis, phenomenography, grounded theory, narrative analysis, discourse analysis), understand the differences between them and know how to choose the method most adequate for the research question at hand
- plan and carry out a qualitative research interview, a focus group discussion and an observation session, including know how to handle the information gathered and analyse the data
- understand the ethical aspects of qualitative research and how to handle them in a professional way
- explain how the validity/quality is assessed in qualitative research
- prepare the outline of an article based on data collected during the course
Contents of the course Theoretical basis for qualitative research
- The main qualitative research methods (participant selection, data collection, handling of data, analysis)
- Validity/quality assessment of qualitative research
- Ethics in qualitative research
- Reading and writing qualitative research
Teaching and learning activities - Lectures
- Group work
- Practising observations, interviewing and moderating focus group discussions
- Practising handling of qualitative data by hand and using software
- Practising how to analyse qualitative data and writing it up
- Seminars to discuss the experiences from the practical sessions
Compulsory elements Practical assignments are compulsory and have to be carried out during the course. This cannot be compensated for.
Examination - an individual written examination to assess aquired knowledge and understanding of qualitative research
- assessment of the practical assignments and how the experiences are presented in the seminars
- the drafts for an article based on the data collected in the practical assignments to assess the understanding of the process and ablity to analyse data and condense information
Literature and other teaching material Reference literature:
Babour, Rosaline S; Kitzinger, Jenny, Developing focus group research: politics, theory and practice.
London : SAGE, 1999 - xiii, 224 s.
ISBN: 0-7619-5567-4 (inb.)
Libris: 5602193
Kvale, Steinar : Interviews : an introduction to qualitative research interviewing
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, 1996 - 326 s.
ISBN: 0-8039-5819-6
Dahlgren, Lars; Emmelin, Maria; Winkvist, Anna : Qualitative methodology for international public health.
Epidemiology and Public Health Sciences, Departement of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, c 2004 - 219 s.
ISBN: 91-7305-776-2
Libris: 9799955
Green, Judith; Thorogood Nicki: Qualitative Methods for Health Research
SAGE, 2009 - 304 s.
Course responsible Rachel Irwin
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