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CRIM 3821: Socio-Ethnographic Research Methods

Students examine the ways social scientists employ qualitative research to identify, document and critically analyse complex social phenomena and patterns and practices of interaction. The course is intended to provide an overview of particular techniques in research design, data collection, and data analysis most commonly associated with qualitative research.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the theoretical orientations that underlie qualitative methods in the social sciences.
  • Identify the kinds of questions which have been and can be addressed fruitfully with qualitative research.
  • Conduct the preparatory research and literature reviews required for project proposals.
  • Apply qualitative research methods and the skills to initiate, conduct, and write-up small research projects.

Course topics

CRIM 3821: Socio-Ethnographic Research Methods includes the following five modules:

  • Module 1: Key Concepts and Approaches in Qualitative Research
  • Module 2: Engaging the Research Field
  • Module 3: Reading and Understanding a Case Study
  • Module 4: Doing Research
  • Module 5: Data Recording, Analysis, and the Writing of Research Findings

Required text and materials

Duneier, M. (2000). Sidewalk. New York, NY: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux.
ISBN: 0374527253

Hesse-Biber, S. N. (2017). The practice of qualitative research. (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
ISBN: 9781452268088


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory project.

Assignment 1: Qualitative Research Essay Questions 10%
Assignment 2: Interview or Photo Montage
Option A: Conduct a Semi-Structured Interview
Option B: Photo Montage
Assignment 3: Reflexive Essay on Duneier’s Sidewalk 15%
Assignment 4: Research Proposal 15%
Assignment 5: Field Notebook 20%
Final Project * 30%
Total 100%

* Mandatory

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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