UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEES0128 Qualitative Methods

UCL Credit Value: 15

ECTS Value: 7.5

Term 2

Module Coordinator: Prof Eric Gordy

Taught by: Prof Eric Gordy

Weekly Contact Hours: 2.0 
Prerequisites: None
This module is compulsory for students on the following programmes:
Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe MRes
East European Studies MRes Year 1 Social Sciences or Arts and Humanities tracks

Summative Assessment

3000 word coursework (100%)

Formative Assessment

Homework assignment with oral feedback.

Module Outline

This course provides advanced introductions to a representative range of qualitative methods. Such methods include: the practice of ethnographical and anthropological observation and participant observation; the use of interviewing (both structured and semi-structured), questionnaires, focus groups, surveys and case studies; content and discourse analysis; the methodology of oral history; and the ethical application of research methods. The course provides practical, hands-on experience in using  selected methods.

Students gain a knowledge and understanding of issues central to the conduct of qualitative research, including issues of measurement, validity and reliability; the applicability of particular qualitative methods for particular research approaches; and how to critically appraise primary qualitative research, including the evaluation of the validity and appropriateness of other researchers’ qualitative methods.

The classes in ‘Qualitative Methods’ are taught by specialists in different qualitative research methodologies. They share their experience of the application of qualitative methods in their respective fields and provide advice and consultation on the advanced use of cutting-edge qualitative methods.

By the end of the course, students will have acquired the knowledge and understanding necessary to undertake and evaluate the results of qualitative methods.

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.