Postgraduate Course: Qualitative Methodologies in Psychological Research (PSYL11072)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Psychology
||Other subject area||None
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||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This course provides a conceptual and practical introduction to the core qualitative methodologies used in Psychology, including conversation analysis, discursive psychology, and interpretative phenomenological analysis as well as a historical/discursive approach to published text. It presents the rationale for the various qualitative approaches, provides students with the practical and analytic skills required for conducting their own qualitative research, and engages them in current debates regarding ethics, natural versus contrived data, generalisation, and the application of qualitative research. The course includes lectures, seminar presentations, practical work and tutorial discussion and is supported by an online resource for analytic work.
The course is part lecture, part practical tutorials, including data sessions and design exercises, all of which will provide feedback opportunities
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
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|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|By the end of this course, students should
¿ understand the rationale underlying qualitative methodologies, and know about various means of collecting qualitative data, and related conceptual issues;
¿ be able to design and conduct their own qualitative research project;
¿ have a basic practical understanding of how to do discursive psychology, conversation analysis, and historical discursive analysis;
¿ understand the underlying rationale and process of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA).
|Practical portfolio comprising several short assignments|
Assignment Deadline: Thursday 23rd January 2014 by 12 noon
Assignment Return Date: Friday 14th February 2014
||Schedule of lectures:
Lecture 1: Introduction to Qualitative Research: what and why
Lecture 2: Designing Qualitative Research and Collecting Qualitative Data
Seminar 3: Ethics and other issues in Data Collection
Lecture 4: Analysing Interaction 1: Getting Started
Lecture 5: Analysing Interaction 2: conversation analysis
Lecture 6: Analysing Interaction 3: discursive psychology
Lecture 7: Working with published data 1
Lecture 8: Working with published data 2
Lecture 9: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis 1: Phenomenology
Lecture 10: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis 2: Interpretation
||Students will gain significant research and analytic skills as well as an appreciation of qualitative research and methodologies.
||Forrester, M (2010) Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology: A Practical Guide. London: Sage.
Wetherell, M., Taylor, S. and Yates, S.J. (2001) Discourse as Data: A guide for analysis. London: Sage.
Willig, C. and Stainton-Rogers, W. (2008) The SAGE handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology. London: Sage.
Wooffitt, R. (2005) Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis: A comparative and critical introduction. London: Sage.
Wooffitt, R. & Hutchby, I. (2008) Conversation Analysis.
Langdridge, D. (2007). Phenomenological Psychology: Theory, Research and Method. Pearson Prentice Hall.
Reid, K., Flowers, P. and Larkin, M. (2005). Exploring Lived Experience. The Psychologist, 18, 20-23.
Smith, J. A., Flowers, P. and Larkin, M. (2009). Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory Method and Research. London: Sage.
|Course organiser||Dr Sue Widdicombe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3411
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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