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Provided by: Social Sciences Research Methods Programme

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Philosophical Foundations of Qualitative Methods: Introduction and Overview


This course will introduce students to the general philosophical debates concerning scientific methodology, assessing their ramifications for the conduct of qualitative social research. It will enable students to critically evaluate major programmes in the philosophy of sciences, considering whether there are important analytic differences between the social and natural sciences; and whether qualitative methods themselves comprise a unified approach to the study of social reality.

Target audience
  • University Students from Tier 1 Departments
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Topics covered
  • Session 1: Epistemological Foundations of Qualitative Social Research Part I
  • Session 2: Epistemological Foundations of Qualitative Social Research Part II
Suggested Reading
  • Chalmers, A.F. (1982). What is this Thing Called Science?: an Assessment of the Nature and Status of Science and its Methods. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
  • Bourdieu, P. & Wacquant, L.J.D. (1992). An invitation to Reflexive Sociology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
  • Weinberg, D. (ed). (2002). Qualitative Research Methods. Malden:Blackwell

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Qualitative Methods

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