Qualitative Research Methods

Learn about the qualitative approach to the social and behavioral sciences, using qualitative methods of inquiry and analysis. Learn to evaluate qualitative research and how to collect qualitative data and perform qualitative analyses yourself.

About The Course

In this course you will be introduced to the origin and philosophies behind the qualitative approach to empirical science. You will learn about data collection, description, analysis and interpretation in qualitative research. The qualitative approach often involves an iterative process. We will focus on the basic ingredients required for this process: data collection and analysis. A good qualitative analysis consists of a general strategy of analysis, clear analytic 'actions' and documentation of all the steps taken. An important analytical action is coding parts of the material. This forms the basis for the categorisation and interpretation of the data. In this course you will learn to use statistical software to perform the qualitative analysis. We will also discuss and compare different types of analysis and interpretation. The most important concepts in qualitative analysis will be discussed in light of these different types.

Frequently Asked Questions

What resources will I need for this class?
All you need is an Internet connection, some time and motivation. We'll do everything in our power to help you meet the last requirement, the first two are up to you!

Recommended Background

Quantitative Research Methods (Course 1 from the Specialization Become a Social Scientist: Methods and Statistics) is recommended, but not required (for students who are not following the specialization).