Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1047: Imagining Social Worlds: Qualitative Research

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

Module Aims

The primary aim of the module is to equip you with a foundational understanding of qualitative research methodology which can be appropriately built upon during the following years of your degree. It will do this through a close focus on research interviewing, in which you will have an opportunity to practice these methods and reflect on them. It will help you develop independence in your wider approach to learning. You will learn how to engage in the research process, covering the preparatory stages including sampling, the appropriate application of the method and, finally, data analysis. Through constructive seminar discussions you will build a sense of familiarity with research interviewing and confidence in undertaking practical qualitative research. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate knowledge of key methods in social research
2. demonstrate a practical mastery of research interviewing
3. demonstrate knowledge of qualitative data analysis techniques
Discipline-Specific Skills4. demonstrate an understanding of key strengths and weaknesses of key methods in social research
5. critically reflect on the application of research interviewing with an aim of improving future practice
Personal and Key Skills6. undertake independent study effectively
7. evaluate your strengths and weaknesses in learning and study skills and to take action to improve your capacity to learn
8. communicate effectively in written and verbal form
9. Work effectively as part of a team