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Semester and Year Offered: Semester 3 (Monsoon Semester 2018)
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Given the over-emphasis on quantitative kinds of research in present day psychology, this course on Qualitative Research aims to initiate inter-subjective kinds of research in the university which is influenced both by the Critical Psychology and Psychodynamic perspectives. It fits with the vision of the university to retrieve voices from the margins of society, from oppressed and dislocated populations. Within the course there is an emphasis for research to be more inclusive of the lives of traumatized individuals
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
The course introduces students to the overall orientation and logic of qualitative research, the philosophical and theoretical foundations of qualitative research , broad schools of thought that informs such research as also the methods/strategies associated with these.
Aside from developing theoretical sensitivity, the course aims to provide a familiarity with the practice of research such as formulating a research problem, developing a research strategy, the practical aspects of interviewing and observation as also qualitative data analysis.
In alignment with the programme/university vision emphasizing social justice and engagement with the “margins” (and the contemporary “8th moment in qualitative research” preoccupation with the same), the course will aim to sensitize students to the potential in research for political transformation. To this end, it will use as illustration for various methods, research that gives voice to the margins/ the “othered”/ the silenced. Interpretative frameworks such as feminist or disability studies and participatory research will be frameworks explored in the course.
Unit I Philosophical Foundations
Philosophical foundations of social science research: ontology, epistemology and methodology.
Paradigms of knowledge production (positivism, postpositivism, constructivism, critical theory, participatory research)
Unit II Logic of Inquiry in Qualitative Research
Overview of the elements of research process/design-Researcher’s self: reflexivity, role of values, and relationship between the researcher and researched - Criteria for evaluating qualitative research - Ethics of Research
Unit III : Theoretical Foundations
The Hermeneutic Tradition- Phenomenological tradition – Critical Theory Epistemologies
Unit IV Broad Strategies for Doing Qualitative Research (10 classes, 20 hours)
Ethnographic Methods- Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis - Narrative Method - Discourse analytic Methods-Psychoanalytic Approaches to Qualitative Research
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