SOC 212 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Qualitative Methods for Social Sciences
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
SOC 212
Spring
2
2
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s)
Course Objectives This course aims to provide students with an overview of qualitative research methodologies. The students are exposed to various methods and techniques so that they can prepare a research proposal.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to explain the role of qualitative research in social research.
  • will be able to explain the characteristics of qualitative research.
  • will be able to design a qualitative research study based on a given research problem.
  • will be able to explain the features of data gathering techniques in qualitative research.
  • will be able to use the ethical principles while designing and doing research.
  • will be able to prepare a research proposal based on qualitative procedures.
  • will gain experience towards the research field
  • will gain experience on collecting qualitative data and analyzing this data
  • will be able to write a qualitative research proposal
Course Content This course covers qualitative research procedures such as, the nature of qualitative research studies, ethnography and participant observation, interviewing, focus groups, document analysis, case studies, as well as computer based data analysis and e-research.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the course
2 The nature of qualitative research Bryman, A. ( 2008) Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press: Oxford. 5th Edition. Chapter 17
3 Ethnography and participant observation Bryman, A. (2008). Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press: Oxford.5th Edition. Chapter 19
4 Interviewing in qualitative research Bryman, A. (2008). Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press: Oxford. 5th Edition. Chapter 20
5 Focus groups Bryman, A. (2008). Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press: Oxford. 5th Edition. Chapter 21
6 Visual Data and Collecting data using computer-mediated communication Marvasti, A. (2004). Qualitative Research in Sociology, London: Sage Publications Matthews, B. and L. Ross. (2010). Research Methods: A practical Guide for the Social Sciences. Pearson Education Limited. Chapter C10.
7 Qualitative data analysis Bryman, A. (2008). Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press: Oxford. 5th Edition. Chapter 24 Matthews, B. and L. Ross. (2010). Research Methods: A practical Guide for the Social Sciences. Pearson Education Limited. Chapter D4, D5, D6 and D7.
8 Computer assisted qualitative data analysis: Using Nvivo Bryman, A. (2008). Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press: Oxford. 5th Edition. Chapter 25
9 Computer assisted qualitative data analysis: Using Nvivo Bryman, A. (2008). Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press: Oxford. 5th Edition. Chapter 25
10 Qualitative data collection (fieldwork)
11 Qualitative data collection (fieldwork)
12 Data presentation, reports and dissertations Matthews, B. and L. Ross. (2010). Research Methods: A practical Guide for the Social Sciences. Pearson Education Limited. Chapter E1, E2, E3, E4.
13 Presentations
14 Review of the Semester
15 Review of the Semester
16 Final Exam

 

Course Textbooks

Alan Bryman. 2008. Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press. 5th Edition

References Bryman, A. (2008). Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press: Oxford. Third Edition.; Denzin, N.K.& Lincoln Y.S. ( 2005).The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research. Sage Publications: London. Third Edition. ; Creswell J.W. ( 2003). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and MixedMethods Approches. Sage Publicaitons: London.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
16
10
Laboratory / Application
16
10
Field Work
1
10
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
3
30
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
70
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
2
32
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
2
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
1
8
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
3
10
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
    Total
174

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to scientifically examine concepts and ideas in the field of sociology; to be able to interpret and evaluate data. X
2 To be able to define classical and contemporary theories in sociology; to be able to identify the differences and similarities among those theories and to be able to evaluate them. X
3 To be able to critically use the knowledge acquired in the field of sociology X
4 To be able to plan and conduct, individually or as a member of a team, an entire sociological research process with the knowledge of methodological requirements of the field. X
5 To be able to identify and evaluate local, regional and global issues and problems. X
6 To be able to share their ideas and solutions supplemented by qualitative and quantitative data in written and oral forms. X
7 To be able to make use of other disciplines related to sociology and to have core knowledge related to those disciplines. X
8 To be able to follow developments in sociology and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1) X
9 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level) X
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To have social and scholarly values and ethical principles during the collection and interpretation of data for implementation, publication, dissemination, and maintenance X
12 To acquire life long learning abilities that will enable the socially responsible application of knowledge based on their field of study to their professional and everyday lives. X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest