Qualitative Research Methods

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode GEMQRM
Vaknaam Qualitative Research Methods
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
ECTS 5
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Qualitative Research Methods
Leerdoelen The purpose of this course is to introduce Master students to qualitative research in geography and tourism studies, and to prepare them in the skills, techniques, and knowledge necessary to undertake independent research using this methodology.

By the end of the course, students can
1. describe the development and purpose of qualitative research in geography and tourism studies
2. apply key vocabulary of qualitative research
3. make a qualified choice for an appropriate qualitative research strategy (e.g. case study research, participatory research)
4. design and perform a qualitative research project including appropriate attention to rigour, validity, positionality, ethics, and data analysis
5. apply key techniques for data collection, including interviewing and participant observation
6. conduct qualitative research analysis in a rigorous manner, knowing how to apply several types of coding (e.g. Grounded Theory, discourse analysis, and thematic analysis)
7. present research process and preliminary research findings in a professional and convincing manner
Omschrijving The purpose of this course is to introduce Master students to qualitative research in geography and tourism studies, and to prepare them in the skills, techniques, and knowledge necessary to undertake independent research using this methodology.

The course is organized around (most of) the contents of the handbook ‘Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography’ (edited by Iain Hay, 4th edition). In addition to theory about qualitative research methods, students will practice qualitative research in a small group project.

The first half of the term will cover issues related to qualitative research design and practice. It addresses issues of power, ethics, rigour and culture, as well as the methods interviewing, participant observation, and participatory research approaches. Students will be presented with a variety of research examples from active researchers in the faculty of Spatial Sciences, and they will discuss these in class. This part of the term will be concluded with an exam based on the readings and research presentations.

The second part of the term is dedicated to a student research project, and will address methods of data analysis. We also discuss writing up qualitative research and communicating this to wider audiences. This part of the term is concluded with a company visit and student presentations based on the research conducted during the course.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Excursions, Fieldwork, Guest lectures, Independent study, Learning communities, Seminars
Toetsvorm Group assignments, Interim test with open questions digital, Oral presentation
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. S.L. Bolderman
Docent(en) dr. S.L. Bolderman
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography, 4th edition. Don Mills: Oxford University Press Canada. Hay, I. (Ed.) (2016) €  65,00
Articles. An introduction to codes and coding. In The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (3rd edition) (1-42). Los Angeles: Sage. Saldana, J. (2016).
Entreevoorwaarden
Opmerkingen The course will be given in Leeuwarden.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Cultural Geography 1 semester I b verplicht
MSc Economic Geography  (Optional courses Economic Geography) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Optional courses EIP) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Population Studies  (Optional courses Population Studies) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Real Estate Studies  (Optional courses Real Estate Studies) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Society, Sustainability and Planning  (Optional courses Society, Sustainability and Planning) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional methodological courses (GERMMETH) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester I b keuze