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Undergraduate Course: Qualitative Methods in Psychology (PSYL10174)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course provides a conceptual and practical introduction to some core qualitative methodologies used in Psychology, with a particular focus on discursive psychology, Foucauldian discourse analysis, and thematic analysis with NVivo software. We will also discuss a variety of mixed methods approaches.
Course description The course will provide a conceptual and practical introduction to the use of qualitative methodologies in psychological research, with a particular focus on discursive psychological analysis. It will present the rationale for the various qualitative approaches and their underlying epistemologies, and engage students in current debates regarding ethics, epistemology, and evaluation of qualitative research within Psychology. It will introduce different ways of collecting qualitative data, such as interviews, social media data and recording naturally occurring data. It will demonstrate and compare several ways of analysing qualitative data, including discursive psychological (DP) analysis, Foucauldian discourse analysis (FDA), and thematic analysis using NVivo, and provide extended practical experience in conducting and reporting a DP analysis. It will also discuss the combination of quantitative and qualitative data and analysis in mixed methods research.
The course will be taught through a series of lectures, in class and online exercises, and labs, all of which are designed to give students practical experience in qualitative research design, data collection and analysis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Psychology 2A (PSYL08011) AND Psychology 2B (PSYL08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course assumes some knowledge of Psychology and Psychological Research.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Completion of five quizzes (30%)
Research report of Discursive Psychology study (70%)
Feedback Formative verbal feedback will be given during weekly practical classes.
Formative feedback will be given on the research project at all stages in the labs.
Feedback is given on the coursework quizzes by providing answers and explanations where relevant.
Feedback will be given on summative assessment at the end of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. show an understanding of and apply the rationale underlying qualitative methodologies
  2. demonstrate knowledge of different means of collecting qualitative data, and related conceptual, ethical and practical issues
  3. learn how to design, conduct, analyse and report own discursive psychological research project
  4. acquire a basic practical understanding of how to do discursive psychology analysis
  5. gain an understanding of the underlying rationale and process of approaches such as Foucauldian discourse analysis (FDA), thematic analysis using NVIVO, and mixed methods research
Reading List
Wiggins, S. (2017). Discursive psychology: Theory, method and applications. Los Angeles: Sage.

Willig, C. (2021). Introducing Qualitative Research in Psychology (4th edition). Berkshire: McGraw Hill-Education.
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 methods,data collection,ethics
Course organiserDr Cristina Da Silva Marinho
Course secretaryMiss Anna Jarvis
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