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Qualitative Research Methods

While there are a great many ways of approaching the study of human group life, qualitative research methods include a variety of approaches that draw upon historical, observational, and interactional ways of assembling in-depth accounts of human lived experience. Qualitative research assumes the viewpoint that if someone wants to understand people, it is necessary to become familiar with their life-worlds: To see how people make sense of the situations they encounter in their daily routines, and how they deal with their situations on an on going basis. Thus, in contrast to those who send out questionnaires to people or run them through a set of experiments, the approach taken in this course concentrates on the importance of achieving in-depth familiarity with the lifeworlds of the people being considered by venturing into these life-worlds. This means talking to people about their experiences and activities, as well as observing their behaviour and inquiring into their meanings, concerns, and practices, and, wherever feasible, participating in those same situations ourselve

SOCIOL 3O03

Qualitative Research Methods

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): III Term(s): Fall Offered?: Yes

While there are a great many ways of approaching the study of human group life, qualitative research methods include a variety of approaches that draw upon historical, observational, and interactional ways of assembling in-depth accounts of human lived experience. Qualitative research assumes the viewpoint that if someone wants to understand people, it is necessary to become familiar with their life-worlds: To see how people make sense of the situations they encounter in their daily routines, and how they deal with their situations on an on going basis. Thus, in contrast to those who send out questionnaires to people or run them through a set of experiments, the approach taken in this course concentrates on the importance of achieving in-depth familiarity with the lifeworlds of the people being considered by venturing into these life-worlds. This means talking to people about their experiences and activities, as well as observing their behaviour and inquiring into their meanings, concerns, and practices, and, wherever feasible, participating in those same situations ourselve


William Shaffir

Professor

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III Honours Sociology with a C.A. of at least 5.5 or registration in Level IV of an Honours Sociology program Antirequisite(s): GERONTOL 3R03, HLTH AGE 3A03, 3B03, 3G03