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IP108 Qualitative Research Methods

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Dr Kirsten Harris
Module Leader
Core
Term 1
9 weeks
15 CATS
2 workshop hours / week

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Principal Aims

The module aims to introduce first year students on the Liberal Arts degree to the range of research methods employed in the Arts and Humanities and to offer them opportunities to practise using some of these methods in practical assignments.

The module’s aims complement those of the Certificate of Digital Literacy where students learn to conduct research using approaches from Digital Humanities.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a good understanding of what constitutes sound scholarly practice, distinguish instances of plagiarism and correct them;
  • search through a range of archival sources using a systematic and precise method;
  • identify the scope and limitations of using oral history as a research method;
  • identify the ethical factors that must be taken into consideration when undertaking data collection through interviewing;
  • identify and engage with the various discourses embedded in a range of primary sources;
  • reflect and write critically on the benefits of using a particular research method;

Syllabus

This module starts in week 2 of term 1.

  1. Induction week--no seminars or lectures
  2. Textual methodologies
  3. Visual methodologies
  4. Theoretical approaches
  5. Archival methodologies (1)
  6. Archival methodologies (2)
  7. Interviewing and oral history (1)
  8. Interviewing and oral history (2)
  9. Digital humanities
  10. Research ethics

Assessment

Illustrative Bibliography

Gale, M.B. and A. Featherstone. “The Imperative of the Archive: Creative Archive Research” in Kershaw (2010) Research Methods in Theatre and Performance.

King, M.T. “Working with / in the Archives” in Gunn (2011) Research Methods for History.

Steedman, C. “Archival Methods” in Griffin (2013) Research Methods in English Studies.

Dixon, S. “Researching Digital Performance: Virtual Practices” in Kershaw (2010) Research Methods in Theatre and Performance.

Jordanova, L. “Approaching Visual Materials” in Gunn (2011) Research Methods for History.

Rose, G. “Visual Methodologies” in Griffin (2013) Research Methods in English Studies.

Cowman, C. “Collective Biography” in Gunn (2011) Research Methods for History.

Thomson, A. “Life Stories and Historical Analysis” in Gunn (2011) Research Methods for History.

Evans, M. “Auto/biography as a Research Method” in Griffin (2013) Research Methods in English Studies.

Summerfield, P. “Oral History as a Research Method” in Griffin (2013) Research Methods in English Studies.

Gunn, S. “Analysing Behaviour as Performance” in Gunn (2011) Research Methods for History.

Strange, J-M. “Reading Language as a Historical Source” in Gunn (2011) Research Methods for History.

Griffin, G. “Discourse Analysis” in Griffin (2013) Research Methods in English Studies.

Griffin, G. “Interviewing” in Griffin (2013) Research Methods in English Studies.

Belsey, C. “Textual Analysis as a Research Method” in Griffin (2013) Research Methods in English Studies.