It is recommended that the students have knowledge on Methodology of Research, but it is not mandatory.
Active methods are the most performed. The expository method is used just to explain concepts and convey guidelines for the implementation of activities, meanwhile the interrogative method is used to explore the experiences of students with the techniques in study and challenging them to think how to do research with each one of them. Classes are both theoretical and laboratorial, implying individual or group work in class, to build observation protocols. Learning requires participation in classes, making individual extra class independent work and also conducting fieldwork.
Overall objectives-The main objective of this cu is to provide students with the know-how to use qualitative techniques of sociological observation.
Specific objectives-The specific objectives are that students might be able: to define the nature of the information produced by each one of the techniques of qualitative research; to recognize and to put into practice the best technique to use in each qualitative empirical research, depending of its objectives; to plan and implement the fieldwork; to treat qualitative data for analysis.
Competencies-The student shall after completing the cu show the following competencies:
Generic: capacity to reflect on the research methods applied in published research in a theoretically and practically informed way, and reflexively plan the application of research methods in his/her own research
Specific: Capacity to define qualitative research questions and gather qualitative data through interviews, focus groups, observations, documentary analysis.
I. Techniques of sociological research – Introduction
1. Theory, Method and Techniques of sociological research
2. Systematic and controlled observation
II – Qualitative Research – methodological and epistemological issues
3. Momentum of Qualitative Research
3.1 Theoretical perspectives
3.2 Validity and Reliability
III – Techniques of Sociological Observation: collecting data
4.1 Types of individual and collective interviews
4.2 Defining the situation of interviewing - the interactionist approach
4.3 Factors affecting interviews
4.4 Conducting interviews in different styles
4.5 Focused interview
5. Ethnographic techniques
5.1 Participant observation
5.2 Ethics and role of the observer
5.3 Techniques of registering and codifying
6. Life stories
6.1 Methodological issues of life stories
6.2 The "assemblage"
7.1 Types of documents
7.2 Criteria of selection
Virgínia do Carmo Ferreira
2 written reports on fieldwork on interview and observation (60% = 7.5 + 4.5 p.) - 2 written tests (40%=2 x 4). : 100.0%
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