Qualitative research methods serve to explore the grey areas that remain outside the confines of quantitative predictive research in human behavior. Training in qualitative research is absolutely essential to understand and explore the dynamic nature of the society in which we function.This course introduces students to qualitative research and helps them understand how qualitative research supplements quantitative inquiry in human behavior and the social sciences.
Week 1: Introduction to qualitative research
Week 2: Major paradigms & perspectives
Week 3: Major paradigms & perspectives (Contd.)
Week 4: Strategies of inquiry
Week 5: Strategies of inquiry (Contd.)
Week 6: Methods of collecting & analyzing empirical materials
Week 7: Methods of collecting & analyzing empirical materials (Contd.)
Week 8: Interpretation, evaluation & presentation
Week 9: What, why and how of technical and research writing.
Week 10: Literature review.
Week 11: Writing about methods, results, and discussion of results.
Week 12: Referencing, academic integrity, and writing for different types of readers (Research proposals, Dissertations, Journal articles, Magazine articles).