Qualitative Methodology

Course Description

The qualitative methodology course is an intensive course designed to give the participants an in-depth understanding of the process of conducting qualitative research. This course will familiarize the participants with the reasons for using qualitative approaches, their strengths, and their limitations. The participants will gain a better understanding of the theoretical and empirical premises of using qualitative methodology. More importantly, the participants will gain and/or enhance their skills in diverse qualitative research methods of data collection and data analysis. The course takes a hands-on, practical approach where participants are not only going to learn about concepts and issues related to qualitative research but also practice data collection and data analysis. This course takes a student-centered approach, focusing on participants’ knowledge and their specific needs. 

Course Objectives
This course aims to:

  • Familiarize participants with the process of conducting qualitative research.
  • Develop participants’ knowledge and critical reflection on the strengths, values, ethics, and practical issues of conducting qualitative research.
  • Enhance participants’ understanding of theoretical, ontological, epistemological and empirical issues related to qualitative research.
  • Teach participants how to apply the main methods of qualitative data collection.
  • Teach participants how to conduct thematic data analysis.
  • Teach participants how to present qualitative data.

Course Outcomes

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  •  Reflect critically on the process of conducting qualitative research, its strengths, and limitations.
  •  Know when and how to conduct qualitative research.
  •  Understand diverse theoretical, ontological, epistemological, and empirical issues associated with qualitative research.
  • Recognise different qualitative research methods of data collection and of data analysis.
  • Know how to use the main qualitative research methods of data collection.
  •  Know how to conduct thematic data analysis.
  •  Know how present qualitative data.
Who Should Attend?

This course is suited for:

  • Professionals (e.g., consultants, journalists, NGOs’ staff) who are working with qualitative research methods and/or are interested in gaining in-depth knowledge on qualitative research methodology.
  • Students from faculties/schools/departments of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics (e.g., sociology, social work, anthropology, psychology, economy, political science) working with qualitative research methods and/or interested in gaining in-depth knowledge on qualitative research methodology. 
  • Other people interested in gaining in-depth knowledge on qualitative research methodology.
  • Small and Medium Enterprises Directors/Owners.
  • General Managers and Directors.

Training Strategies

The following training strategies will be adopted for this course:

  • PowerPoint and white board delivery.
  •  Use of audiovisual materials (e.g., newspaper articles and videos)
  • Real and simulated empirical studies.
  • Interactive class activities.

Delivery Plan

  • The research process, values, ethics and practical concerns (week 1).
  • Using qualitative methodology (week 1).
  • Theoretic, ontological, and epistemological concerns in qualitative methodology (week 1).
  • Quality criteria in qualitative methodology (week 2). 
  • The sampling process (week 2). 
  • Qualitative research methods of data collection: semi-structured and unstructured interviews; life-stories (week 3). 
  • Introducing qualitative research methods of data analysis: grounded theory; thematic analysis; qualitative content analysis; discourse analysis; narrative analysis (week 3).
  • Qualitative research methods of data collection: conducting thematic analysis (week 4). 
  • Qualitative research methods of data collection: conducting thematic analysis (week 4). 
  • Presenting qualitative data (week 4).

Month

Starts November 27,  2022 Ends December 22, 2022. 

Duration
Hours per Day: 1.5  

Days per week: 3

Number of weeks: 4

Total no. of Hours: 18 hours.

Timing
Afternoon from 4:00 p.m till 6:00. p.m
Language
English.

Venue

University of Kurdistan Hewlêr. 

Certification

Professional & Executive Education Centre, UKH. 

Trainer Biography
Ana Cristina Marques is an adjunct researcher at the University of Kurdistan, Hewlêr. She gained a Ph.D. in Sociology from ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, in 2014. She is currently doing an MSc in International Development at SOAS, University of London.  Her work has appeared in Symbolic Interaction, and Gender, Place & Culture. Her research interests include gender; family and personal lives; Kurdish studies; and qualitative methodology. She has been working in academia, as a lecturer and/or as a researcher, since 2007. She believes in a student-centred approach, in which students’ knowledge and needs are essential to the design of learning strategies and to successful learning outcomes. She is dedicated to the development and promotion of academic and practical skills for professional and for personal purposes, as well as the students’ general well-being.

Payment

Must be made 7 working days before the start of the course. Payment can be made in cash, by bank transfer or through exchange offices.

Cost

 

Certification

UKH Professional Executive and Education Centre.