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.
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Explain the theoretical orientations that underlie qualitative methods in the social
- Identify the kinds of questions which have been and can be addressed fruitfully with
- 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
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.
Hesse-Biber, S. N. (2017). The practice of qualitative research. (3rd ed.). Thousand
Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
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
|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
|Assignment 4: Research Proposal
|Assignment 5: Field Notebook
|Final Project *
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary
contact information at the start of the course.