Qualitative Methods in Psychology
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Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GPSY 6241
Course Format: Lecture, Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Course Description: Psychologists are increasingly recognizing the value of qualitative research, both to inform and enhance quantitative forms of inquiry, and as a meaningful form of inquiry in its own right. As qualitative methods gain a foothold in the field (e.g., establishment of a qualitative inquiry section within APA's Division of "Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics," and the soon to be launched APA journal Qualitative Psychology) pioneering students may find themselves lost in a field characterized by different language, and sometimes different logics, than that which they are accustomed. The course is designed to help students wishing to bridge this so-called "quantitative-qualitative" divide in psychology by providing an introduction to epistemological and methodological traditions in qualitative psychology; consideration of distinct ethical concerns; and the opportunity for "hands on" experience with qualitative research, including data collection, analysis, and report writing. As we survey common qualitative approaches in psychological research (e.g., grounded theory, discourse analysis, narrative analysis, phenomenological, and participatory action methods), we address shared and distinct evaluative criteria within and across these traditions. Note: this course does not fulfill the MA Research Methods requirement, and a research methods course in psychology is a recommended prerequisite. Open to advanced undergraduate students.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions