Course Information
SemesterCourse Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleT+P+LCreditNumber of ECTS Credits
3SOC 204Qualitative Research Methods3+0+035

Course Details
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Unit Bachelor's Degree
Department / Program BA Program in Sociology
Mode of Delivery Face to Face
Type of Course Unit Compulsory
Objectives of the Course This course will provide an introduction to the qualitative research methods especially in sociology and social/cultural anthropology.
Course Content In this course, by understanding the ontological and epistemological premises of methodological approaches, we will focus on the practice of the research process with its theoretical, methodological and ethical dimensions. Students will be exposed to a variety of qualitative research techniques and approaches, including ethnography, in depth interviews, participant observation, focus groups, grounded theory and discourse analysis. With the aim of contributing insight and depth to our understanding of the social structures and the relation of individuals and shed light on processes that have been experienced in micro level and discussed in macro level terms, we will dig deeper into questions of qualitative research practice and explore what qualitative research looks like in practice. Through examining some crucial examples from qualitative works and anthropological studies, the students will have the chance to understand the ways of doing and writing qualitative methods. And also with applied exercises they will gain first-hand experience about collecting, analyzing and interpreting qualitative data.
Course Methods and Techniques Assignments (20%):

Assignment 1: Formulating Research Question and Abstract
Assignment 2: Literature Review
Assignment 3: Methodology

All members of the class must submit 3 assignments which are constructing a qualitative research design and the research proposal. The assignments should be written as 12pt. font, 1.5 spaced, and uploaded to the canvas system on the concerning day of the deadline. The papers must include the first and last name of the student, the assignment name, a title and page numbers in multiple paged documents.

Research Proposal and Presentation (%20):

Each student needs to practically apply the qualitative methods we have discussed in the course. Based on your assignments, you will design a research proposal to explain the structure, theoretical approach and methodology of your research project. This research can be based on the participant observation, fieldwork notes or in depth interviews during a course, or bus/ train trip, or a visit to a mosque, public event. The proposal has to be 4-8 pages in length and include your methodological intervention. You also have to present your research project in a 15 minutes long presentation in class.

Excursion: The students also will participate in an exercise of fieldwork together into certain places of Istanbul like Başakşehir, Balat, Üsküdar for practically experience the qualitative methods on the field.

Midterm Exam (%20):

The midterm exam will include qualitative methods, concepts and themes covered in the first eight weeks of class (readings, lectures, and films and visuals).

Final Research Paper (%30):

You will be required to write a research paper based on your research Project (Based on Proposal, fieldwork data, presentation). It has to be an analysis of your fieldwork data based on a conceptual framework and theoretical interpretation and has to be associated with your research question. While writing your papers, choosing subjects and discuss ideas that are important and interesting for you will be very helpful. Please do not hesitate to discuss the topics you have in your mind. The paper (10-15 pages) will be based on your analysis of the relevant texts of course, additional literature in your research area and your research study.
Prerequisites and co-requisities None
Course Coordinator Asist Prof.Dr. Nursem Keskin Aksay nursem.aksay@ihu.edu.tr
Name of Lecturers Asist Prof.Dr. NURSEM KESKİN AKSAY
Assistants None
Work Placement(s) No

Recommended or Required Reading
Resources Luker, Kristin. 2008. Salsa dancing into the social sciences: research in an age of info-glut, pp. 1-39. Becker, S. Howard (1996) “Epistemology of Qualitative Research” in R. Jessor, A. Colby, and R. Shweder, Ethnography and Human Development: Context and meaning in Social Inquiry (University of Chicago Press).
Hesse-Biber, Sharlene Nagy & Patricia Leavy. 2011. “Designing Qualitative Research Design” in The Practice of Qualitative Research, pp.36-64. Silverman, D. 2013. “Formulating a Research Question” in Doing Qualitative Research, London: Sage, pp. 156-186. Maxwell, Joseph A. (2013) Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach, SAGE, PP. 5-6-9-10-14-15-16-17.
Low, Setha and Merry, Sally Engle (2010 Engaged Anthropology: Diversity and Dilemmas Current Anthropology, Vol. 51, No. S2, pp. S203-S226 Bourgois, Philippe I., 1956-. (1995). In search of respect : selling crack in El Barrio. Cambridge ; New York :Cambridge University Press, Chapter 1.
Attendance
Attendance is critical to your success. Students are required to attend all of the class sessions in order to be successful in this course. They are responsible from class lectures and seminar videos. According to the regulation of graduate education, the attendance obligation is 80 percent of the classes. No attendance credit will be given to students who miss class due to illness, or any other emergency. Participation grade will be based on an active class participation.
Late-Make-up and Reevaluation Policy:
Students are expected to submit their assignments in time by following due dates. There is not a guarantee of extensions for deadlines and due dates.
There will be make-up for not conducted lectures due to absence of lecturer (conferences, meetings, health problems etc.) and students are expected to attend these classes that are going to be determined (day-hour) with consultancy of students in class.
It is student’s main responsibility to present his/her work in class and submit the assignments on time! If you are selected to present and you are not present, you will receive a zero for the presentation (there are no make-ups!). Late paper submissions will be penalized 5% per calendar day late.
Students are responsible for seeking accommodation with appropriate documentation, prior to writing examinations, if they are of the view that their performance may be affected by extenuating circumstances. You should understand that academic accommodation will not be granted automatically on request. Instructors are under no obligation to offer a make-up exam. You must demonstrate to your instructor that there are compelling medical or compassionate grounds that can be documented before academic accommodation will be considered. Different regulations apply to term tests, final examinations, and late assignments. Please read the instructions below carefully. In all cases, action must be taken at the earliest possible opportunity, prior to the scheduled test, examination, or assignment. Unless otherwise noted by your instructor, students are not allowed to have a cell phone, or any other electronic device, with them during examinations.
Using Mobile Phones and Computers
Students are allowed to use laptops just for notetaking. All internet connections and other
audio-visual components must be switched off. Other electronic devices and cell phones are
not permitted in the class. During the classes, cellular telephones must be switched completely off or set to silent (not vibration) mode. In case of online courses, except the permission of the use of internet connection and digital materials relevant to course content, other rules stay valid
Recording lectures
Students are not allowed to use recording devices in the classroom.
Academic Integrity, Including Collaboration and Plagiarism
Students must write their homework in their own words. Whenever students take an idea or a passage of text from another author, they must acknowledge their debt both by using quotation marks where appropriate and by proper referencing. Plagiarism is a major academic offense. All required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to the commercial plagiarism detection TURNITIN software.
Students who commit plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty when completing an exam or a project will receive an ‘F’. This is the bare minimum depending on how the infringement has been committed. Other penalties will be expected in line with the university policy.
Special Adaptations / Needs
Please inform the instructor or the TA of the class in advance of your situation and special needs.
(Vision-hearing-reading impairment, psychological needs, physical disabilities, etc.)
Emerson, Robert., et. al. 1995. Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes. University of Chicago Press. Weiss, Robert S. 1995. Learning From Strangers. The Free Press. Jerolmack, Colin, and Shamus Khan. “Talk Is Cheap Ethnography and the Attitudinal Fallacy.” Sociological Methods & Research 43, no. 2 (May 1, 2014): 178–209. Lamont, Michèle, and Ann Swidler. “Methodological Pluralism and the Possibilities and Limits of Interviewing.” Qualitative Sociology 37, no. 2 (April 8, 2014): 153–71.
1. Attendance, Participation and Discussion hours: 10 % 2. Four Assignments: 20 % 3. Midterm Exam: 20 % 4. Research Proposal and Presentation: 20 % 5. Final Research Paper: 30 %Assignments (20%): Assignment 1: Formulating Research Question and Introductory Approach Assignment 2: Literature Review Assignment 3: Methodology Assignment 4: Fieldwork Notes and Interview
3. Midterm Exam: 20Midterm Exam (%20): An in-class midterm will review qualitative methods, concepts and themes covered in the first eight weeks of class (readings, lectures, and films and visuals).Final Research Paper (%30): You will be required to write a research paper based on your research Project (Based on Proposal, fieldwork data, presentation).

Course Category
Social Sciences %70
Education %10
Field %20

Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"

Assessment Methods and Criteria
In-Term Studies Quantity Percentage
Mid-terms 1 % 20
Assignment 4 % 20
Attendance 1 % 10
Project 1 % 20
Final examination 1 % 30
Total
8
% 100

 
ECTS Allocated Based on Student Workload
Activities Quantity Duration Total Work Load
Course Duration 14 3 42
Hours for off-the-c.r.stud 14 3 42
Assignments 4 3 12
Presentation 1 3 3
Mid-terms 1 12 12
Final examination 1 48 48
Total Work Load   Number of ECTS Credits 5 159

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
NoLearning Outcomes
1 Understand the epistemological and ontological discussions on qualitative research methods
2 Explain main theoretical and methodological problems emerging in anthropology/sociology so that in any other discipline intervening people’s life
3 Demonstrate an ability to critically examine the contextual and relational structure of human behavior and cultural activity in specific settings
4 Analyze the social issues according with the proper research methods
5 create an understanding of global interconnectedness and neoliberal structure to critically examine their own positions in these processes and transformations as a researcher
6 Toplumdaki yapısal eşitsizlik, ayrımcılık, ırkçılık ve dışlanmayı değerlendve bu yapıların yansımalarının çoğaltılmasını onaylamamalı
7 Design his/ her methodological approaches


Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTopicsStudy MaterialsMaterials
1 Introductory Discussion about Qualitative and Quantitate Research Bourdieu, Pierre. (1979) “Public Opinion Does Not Exist.” In Communication and Class Struggle, edited by Armand Mattelart and Seth Siegelaub, 1:124–30.
2 The Epistemology of Quantitative and Qualitative Method Luker, Kristin. 2008. Salsa dancing into the social sciences: research in an age of info-glut, pp. 1-39. Becker, S. Howard (1996) “Epistemology of Qualitative Research” in R. Jessor, A. Colby, and R. Shweder, Ethnography and Human Development: Context and meaning in Social Inquiry (University of Chicago Press).
3 Qualitative Research Design, Research Question and Research Proposal Hesse-Biber, Sharlene Nagy & Patricia Leavy. 2011. “Designing Qualitative Research Design” in The Practice of Qualitative Research, pp.36-64. Silverman, D. 2013. “Formulating a Research Question” in Doing Qualitative Research, London: Sage, pp. 156-186. Maxwell, Joseph A. (2013) Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach, SAGE, PP. 5-6-9-10-14-15-16-17.
4 Research Ethics Assignment 1: Formulating Research Question and Introductory Approach Hesse-Biber, Sharlene Nagy & Patricia Leavy. 2011. “The Ethics of Social Research” in The Practice of Qualitative Research, pp.66-103. Low, Setha and Merry, Sally Engle (2010 Engaged Anthropology: Diversity and Dilemmas Current Anthropology, Vol. 51, No. S2, pp. S203-S226 Bourgois, Philippe I., 1956-. (1995). In search of respect : selling crack in El Barrio. Cambridge ; New York :Cambridge University Press, Chapter 1.


Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 P7 P8 P9 P10 P11 P12 P13
All 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 3 3 4
C1 4 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 4 5 3 2 4
C2 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 5 3 2 4
C3 4 4 4 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 2 4
C4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 5 2 4 4
C5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 3 4 5
C6 4 4 3 3 3 4 3 5 5 4 2 2 5
C7 3 3 3 3 4 3 5 5 4 5 3 3 5

Contribution: 1: Very Slight 2:Slight 3:Moderate 4:Significant 5:Very Significant


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