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This list relates to the year 2016/17 which ended on 30/09/2017
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  1. The information below is taken from the 2015/2016 list

  2. Core textbooks 2 items
    1. Researching social life 2008

      Book Essential

    2. Qualitative research practice: a guide for social science students and researchers 2014

      Book Essential

  3. Indicative Reading List 17 items
    1. Keywords in qualitative methods: a vocabulary of research concepts - Michael Bloor, Fiona Wood 2006

      Book 

    2. The Sage handbook of qualitative research c2011

      Book 

    3. An introduction to qualitative research - Uwe Flick 2014

      Book 

    4. Reworking qualitative data - Janet Heaton 2004

      Book 

    5. Reworking qualitative data - Janet Heaton, SRMO. 2004 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    6. Discourse - David R. Howarth 2000

      Book 

    7. Discourse - David R. Howarth, dawsonera 2000 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    8. Designing research for publication - Anne Sigismund Huff c2009

      Book 

    9. Qualitative research in health care 2006

      Book 

    10. Qualitative research in health care - EBSCOhost ebook collection 2006 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    11. Synthesizing qualitative and quantitative health evidence: a guide to methods - Catherine Pope, Nicholas Mays, Jennie Popay 2007

      Book 

    12. Synthesizing qualitative and quantitative health evidence: a guide to methods - Catherine Pope, Nicholas Mays, Jennie Popay, EBSCOhost ebook collection 2007 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    13. Qualitative research practice 2007

      Book 

    14. Qualitative research practice - SRMO. 2007 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    15. Doing qualitative research: a practical handbook - David Silverman 2005

      Book 

  4. Course Outline 40 items
    1. i) Principles of Qualitative Research Design 12 items
      1. Session 1 – Introduction and Overview 5 items
        1. This session will describe and discuss the epistemological implications of approaching a research topic from a qualitative perspective. It will pay particular attention to the relationship between theory generation, theory testing and empirical qualitative research. In both sessions one and two special attention will be directed to the philosophical, political, ethical and technical challenges associated with conducting qualitative research in health and social care contexts.

           

          Readings:

        2. Questioning qualitative inquiry: critical essays - Martyn Hammersley 2008

          Book  Capturing Complexity? Examining a commonly used rationale for qualitative research, (pp. 39-51)

        3. Questioning qualitative inquiry: critical essays - Martyn Hammersley, EBSCOhost ebook collection 2008 (electronic resource)

          Book  Capturing Complexity? Examining a commonly used rationale for qualitative research, (pp. 39-51)

        4. Qualitative research and evaluation methods - Michael Quinn Patton c2002

          Book  Strategic Themes in Qualitative Inquiry, (pp. 37-74)

        5. A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about qualitative research - David Silverman 2007

          Book  Innumerable, Inscrutable Habits: Why Unremarkable Things Matter, (pp. 11-36)

      2. Session 2 – Surveying the Field
 4 items
        1. This session will outline the key methodological approaches to qualitative analysis and will draw attention to the relationships between these different approaches and the relative strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.

           

          Readings:

        2. 'Grounded Theory and Inductive Research' in Researching social life - P. Hodkinson

          Chapter 

        3. Qualitative research and evaluation methods - Michael Quinn Patton c2002

          Book  Variety in Qualitative Inquiry: Theoretical Orientations, (pp. 75-142)

      3. Session 3 – Formulating Qualitative Research Questions 3 items
        1. This session will be a workshop whereby students will be required to present with a topic for empirical qualitative research and the session will revolve around operationalising these topics into a qualitative research question. Particular attention will be paid to possible conflicts with stakeholders and other parties in relation to the formulation of qualitative research questions and the reporting of qualitative research findings.

           

          Readings:

        2. 'Formulating and refining a research question' in Researching social life - N. Green

          Chapter 

    2. ii) Qualitative Data Collection 9 items
      1. Session 4 – Data collection i 4 items
        1. This session will outline principles of best practice for collecting various forms of qualitative data. Primacy will be given to interview based data collection, but other forms will also be discussed, such as documentary sources, focus groups, naturally occurring data, ethnographic fieldwork, or other observation techniques. This session will also address issues of ethics and sampling in a qualitative research context. Students will also be required to collect some qualitative data at this stage of the course, such as a 10 minute interview with friend or family.

           

          Readings:

        2. 'The Ethics of Social Research' in Researching social life - M. Bulmer

          Chapter 

        3. 'Designing and Selecting Samples' in Qualitative research practice: a guide for social science students and researchers - J. Ritchie, J. Lewis, G. Elam

          Chapter 

      2. Session 5 – Data collection ii
 5 items
        1. This session will cover the development of an interview schedule from question formulation through to drafting an interview schedule, pilot testing and running the interview itself. Attention will be paid to epistemological issues associated with the interviewing process, as well as political and technical challenges.

           

          Readings:

        2. 'Qualitative Interviewing' in Researching social life - N. Fielding, H. Thomas

          Chapter 

        3. Questioning qualitative inquiry: critical essays - Martyn Hammersley 2008

          Book  Assessing the Radical Critique of Interviews, (pp. 89-100)

        4. Questioning qualitative inquiry: critical essays - Martyn Hammersley, EBSCOhost ebook collection 2008 (electronic resource)

          Book  Assessing the Radical Critique of Interviews, (pp. 89-100)

        5. Social research: issues, methods and process - Tim May 2001

          Book  Interviewing: methods and process, (pp. 120-145)

    3. iii) Data Analysis 13 items
      1. Session 6 – Data Analysis i
 4 items
        1. This session will revolve around a practical consideration of the 'how' of an analysis. Students will be shown how to systematically approach a qualitative data set, and they will be required to provide a sample of data for use on a computer assisted package, such as NVivo. Students will also be expected to complete a non-computer based piece of analysis to compare and contrast the benefits and limitations of these different approaches.

           

          Readings:

        2. 'Coding and managing data' in Researching social life - J. Fielding

          Chapter 

        3. 'Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS)' in Researching social life - A. Lewins

          Chapter 

      2. Session 7 – Data Analysis ii
 5 items
        1. This session will set out some of the basic parameters of qualitative data analysis (concerning both primary and secondary analysis). Reference will be made to philosophical issues around interpretation of the data, the limits of the analysis and the benefits of thick descriptions and experiential discussions.

           

          Readings:

        2. Questioning qualitative inquiry: critical essays - Martyn Hammersley 2008

          Book  On thick description: interpreting Clifford Geertz, (pp. 52-68)

        3. Questioning qualitative inquiry: critical essays - Martyn Hammersley, EBSCOhost ebook collection 2008 (electronic resource)

          Book  On thick description: interpreting Clifford Geertz, (pp. 52-68)

        4. 'Carrying out Qualitative Analysis' in Qualitative research practice: a guide for social science students and researchers - L. Spencer, J. Ritichie, W. O'Connor

          Chapter 

        5. 'Narrative Analysis' in Researching social life - S. Earthy, A. Cronin

          Chapter 

      3. Session 8 – Data Analysis iii
 4 items
        1. This third session will deal explicitly with tying the analysis up into a final report. It will detail processes students need to address in terms of relating their analysis back to their research questions, dealing with processes of theory building or testing (induction versus deduction) and will consider the epistemological implications of imposing an end point upon an analysis.

           

          Readings:

        2. 'Writing about social research' in Researching social life - N. Gilbert

          Chapter 

        3. 'Reporting and Presenting Qualitative Data' in Qualitative research practice: a guide for social science students and researchers - C. White, K. Woodfield, J. Ritchie

          Chapter 

        4. A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about qualitative research - David Silverman 2007

          Book  The aesthetics of qualitative research: on bullshit and tonsils, (pp. 119-144)

    4. iv) Use and Dissemination of Qualitative Research 6 items
      1. Session 9 – The Policy Context
 6 items
        1. In this section of the course, reference will be made to the wider research context, particularly in relation to health care and social care policy and practice. The session will use real life examples to demonstrate the linkages between research and policy, or research and policy analysis, detailing some of the complexity involved in the study of these processes.

           

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