Qualitative Research Methods

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This seminar is designed for doctoral students interested in using qualitative methods for social work research. The seminar introduces students to the literature which provides the epistemological and conceptual underpinnings for qualitative inquiry. The course begins with a focus on these theoretical foundations as they relate to the employment of qualitative approaches and the researcher's role. From there, through a series of course activities, facilitated discussion and guest lectures, seminar students are familiarized with the processes of collecting, analyzing, and presenting data from the most common methods of qualitative inquiry. This exposure to methodological processes is intended to aid in early conceptualization of qualitative research proposals and support students in enhancing self-reflective and critical thinking capacity as they consider qualitative or mixed methods research. The course is not designed to train students to proficiency in any specific qualitative methodology.

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