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This module provides an introduction to the main data-sources and analysis methods used in qualitative research. In addition to covering the key conceptual and epistemological issues associated with qualitative research design, the module provides an introduction to a range of qualitative techniques used in social science research including questionnaire design, interviewing, observational methods, visual methodologies and textual analysis. Issues associated with combining a mixture of qualitative methods are also considered. The strengths and limitations of various techniques are explored with particular emphasis on issues of reliability, validity and representativeness.
This module provides advanced social science research training as required by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership. It is run collaboratively in conjunction with staff from Aberystwyth and Cardiff Universities as part of the Human Geography Pathway of the ESRC DTP and can form part of the '1' (Masters) of a '1+3' research training programme. The module is delivered through two intensive workshop-style seminars, held at Swansea, Cardiff, or Aberystwyth (locations will vary annually), each dedicated to a key style of research. Exemplary themes include Ethnographic Methods for Fieldwork in Human Geography' and 'Critical Methods of Spatial Analysis.' Each event will follow a similar format mixing lecture/seminar presentations with hands-on workshops and discussion sessions, and will be guided by the research interests of participants.