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Unit information: Further Qualitative Methods in 2021/22

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Unit name Further Qualitative Methods
Unit code SPOLM0017
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Corinne Squire
Open unit status Not open

Please note that Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods is a requirement for undertaking this unit.



School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is intended to further develop your understanding of qualitative methodologies and methods and build upon Introduction to Qualitative Methods. In this unit you will explore a range of methodological approaches and develop a critical understanding of their use. You will also be introduced to participatory and emancipatory approaches as well as exploring qualitative approaches that utilise methods from a range of arts based practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should:

  • Be familiar with a range of qualitative research methods and have a critical appreciation of their use in researching policy and practice.
  • Be able to demonstrate a detailed appreciation of the link between different theoretical positions within qualitative research and the methods adopted.
  • Have gained greater understanding and experience of the practical aspects of various methods of qualitative research and data analysis.

The summative assessment tests all of the ILOs and accounts for 100% of the unit mark.

Teaching Information

The learning and teaching methods will include experiential exercises, personal reflection and group work as well as formal presentations and discussion. The sessions are all led by staff currently engaged in qualitative research who will draw on their experience to discuss the practicalities and issues not usually presented in the text books.

The course comprises 3 days of teaching (1 day per week) made up of many sessions of 1-1.5 hours.

Assessment Information

Assessment for this unit will comprise:

Part 1 Reflective account based on EITHER a life history interview or an observation activity;

Part 2 – Poster presentation that documents a research design to address a qualitative research question.

Each part comprises 50% of the marks available for the unit


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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