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Postgraduate Course: Qualitative Methodologies in Psychological Research (PSYL11113)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides a conceptual and practical introduction to some core qualitative methodologies used in Psychology, namely Discursive Psychology-Conversation Analysis, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Thematic Analysis, and Foucauldian Discourse Analysis.
Course description The course presents the rationale for the various qualitative approaches and their underlying epistemologies, and engages students in current debates regarding ethics, epistemology, and evaluation of qualitative research within Psychology. It introduces different ways of collecting qualitative data, including interviews, internet data and recording naturally occurring interaction. It demonstrates and compare several ways of analysing qualitative data, with a particular focus on discursive psychology analysis (DP) and conversation analysis (CA).
The course includes a substantial hands-on component, with regular exercises to practice different aspects of qualitative methodologies, including how to use NVivo software, and provides students with the opportunity to design, conduct, analyse and report their own Discursive Psychology (DP) research.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 5 Test quizzes - 30%
Final Report - 70%
Feedback Formative feedback is provided through regular online activities with model answers and through tutorial tasks.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the rationale underlying qualitative methodologies
  2. collect qualitative data and understand related practical and conceptual issues, and design and report their own discursive psychology research project
  3. demonstrate basic skills in doing discursive psychology and conversation analysis
  4. understand the underlying rationale and process of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) and conduct IPA interviews
  5. understand the process of undertaking qualitative data analysis with NVivo software
Reading List
Wiggins, S. (2017). Discursive psychology: Theory, method and applications. Los Angeles: Sage.

Willig, C. (2017). Introducing Qualitative Research in Psychology. Berkshire: McGraw Hill-Education.

Larkin, M., Watts, S., & Clifton, E. (2006). Giving voice and making sense in interpretative phenomenological analysis. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3(2), 102-120.

Braun, V. & Clarke, V. (2013). Successful qualitative research: A practical guide for beginners. London: Sage.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and intellectual skills: Gaining significant research and analytic skills as well as an appreciation of qualitative research and methodologies.
Communication skills: Engaging effectively in group activities and discussions, including written discussions; individual academic writing.
Personal management skills: Establishing group and individual goals to effectively complete the different tutorial tasks, and assessments; using resources effectively to achieve the different goals.
Keywordsqualitative methodologies,discursive,interpretative,thematic,analysis
Course organiserDr Cristina Da Silva Marinho
Course secretaryMs Pilar Rodriguez Couceiro
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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