Course code Soci2047

Credit points 4

Qualitative Research Methods

Total Hours in Course160

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes40

Independent study hours96

Date of course confirmation29.04.2014

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author

Laima Barisa

Mg. sc. soc.

Prior knowledge

Soci1004, Introduction to Studies

Soci2048, Quantitative Research Methods

Course abstract

Course introduces students with qualitative sociological research methods of public opinion: with the skills that are necessary for qualitative data collectoin - qualitative data obtaining techniqe, how to summarise, to process, to analyse and to demonstrate qualitative data.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge provides - on essential features of qualitative research approach,
- types of qualitative research,
- and frequently used data processing and analysis methods
• Skills developed - qualitative data processing,
- data generalizing and analysing,
- presentation of results.
• Competence - select and use qualitative research approach appropriately nature of research objects and defined objectives of research.

Compulsory reading

1. The Sage Handbook of Social Research methods. Ed. by Alasuutari P., Bickman L., Brannen J. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, 2008. 631 p.
2. Kroplijs A., Raščevska M. Kvalitatīvās pētniecības metodes sociālajās zinātnēs. 2., papild. izd. Rīga: Raka, 2010. 190 lpp.
3. Lawrence Neuman W. Social Research Methods. Qualitative and Qualitative and approaches. 4th edition, 2000. 558 p.
4. Ядов B. A. Стратегия социологического исследования. Уч. пос., 4-е издание. Москва: Oмега, 2009. 567с.

Further reading

1. Ievads pētniecībā: stratēģijas, dizaini, metodes. Sast. K. Mārtinsone. Rīga: Raka, 2011. 284 lpp.
2. Payne G., Payne J. Key concepts in Social Research. London: Sage Publications, 2004. 242 p.
3. The Sage Handbook of Social Research methods. Ed. by Alasuutari P., Bickman L., Brannen J. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, 2008. 631 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Journal Humanities and Social Sciences: Latvia. Riga: University of Latvia, Institute of Economic, Latvian Academy of Sciences,2007-210. ISSN: 1022-4483
2. Web Center for Social Research Methods [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 24.03.2014.] Pieejams: http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/
3. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. [Tiešsaiste] [Skatīts internetā 24.03.2014.] Pieejams: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tsrm20