Qualitative Research Methods

30 points



This course introduces students to a range of qualitative research approaches. We begin by exploring the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research, including methodological frameworks, theories, and controversies. Students learn about practical issues encountered in ‘doing’ research. Those practical issues include ethics of the research process; navigating cultures and hard-to-reach groups; data gathering via documents, interviews, and focus groups; and analysing data. Students are encouraged to think critically about the applicability of developing ethical research models within diverse contexts/settings. Through manageable research assignments, students become familiar with the business of research and how it fits within complex and diverse human service systems.


30 points at 200 level in HSRV, or
any 15 points at 200-level in HSRV and 30 points at 200 level from Schedule C (BSW) or Schedule V (BA) or Schedule C or E (BCJ). Students with at least 60 points in appropriate courses may enter with permission of the HSRV Progamme Coordinator.