Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ERPM001: Interpretive Methodologies

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary over time, it is envisaged that the syllabus will consider a range of issues that relate to interpretive approaches to research. The content is likely to include:

Methodology and ethics:

  • Interpretive methodologies and  practical concerns relating to research design
  • Criteria of judgment in interpretive research such as credibility, confirmability, coherence, completeness, trustworthiness and transferability
  • The place of qualitative and quantitative data in interpretive research
  • The central place of the researcher in interpretive research, and notions of subjectivity and reflexivity
  • Ethical concerns in different interpretive approaches

 Techniques and sources:

  • Interviewing – ways of asking, listening and recording
  • Observation – ways of looking, seeing and recording
  • Visual methods – ways of seeing, viewing, creating and recording

 Analysis and critique:

  • Different approaches to qualitative data analysis, including grounded theory, discourse analysis, narrative analysis and thematic analysis
  • Processes of theory generation
  • Uses and limitations of data analysis software such as NVivo

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3010x3 hour teaching sessions (lectures, workshops and seminars), including on campus teaching and recorded sessions
Guided Independent Study70Collaborative group work
Guided Independent Study100Reading and assignment preparation
Guided Independent Study100Writing summative assignment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).


Other Learning Resources

Suggested journals:

Qualitative Research

International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education

Qualitative Inquiry