15.349J Qualitative Research Methods

Class Info

Training in the design and practice of qualitative research. Organized around illustrative texts, class exercises, and student projects. Topics include the process of gaining access to and participating in the social worlds of others; techniques of observation, fieldnote-taking, researcher self-monitoring and reflection; methods of inductive analysis of qualitative data including conceptual coding, grounded theory, and narrative analysis. Discussion of research ethics, the politics of fieldwork, modes of validating researcher accounts, and styles of writing up qualitative field research.

This class has no prerequisites.

15.349J will be offered this semester (Spring 2019). It is instructed by S. Silbey and E. James.

Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Mondays in E53-354.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

In the Spring 2014 Subject Evaluations, 15.349J was rated 6.4 out of 7.0. You can find more information at the 15.349 Class Site site.

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