Conducting Qualitative Social Science Research
This course will prepare undergraduate and masters students for field research in the United States or abroad, and is designed for students with little or no prior qualitative research training. Over 5 intensive days we will cover five core areas: (1) research design; (2) interviewing; (3) ethnography and archival research; (4) data analysis; and (5) ethical considerations in fieldwork. The course will consist of a two-hour morning lecture and a two-hour practicum in the afternoon that focuses on students’ own projects and preparation for field research. There will be daily assignments and readings. By the end of the course, students will have foundational skills in using qualitative research methods to study their particular areas of interest.
Faculty leader: Natasha Warikoo, Graduate School of Education. This course is sponsored by the Qualitative Social Science @ Harvard Faculty Project, in collaboration with the Institute for Quantitative Social Science.
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