Qualitative Research Methods: Becoming a Qualitative Researcher
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NMGM 6016
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Research Methods
The course will provide students with an understanding of the theoretical and practical perspectives that underlie ethnographic and qualitative methodological approaches to applied research. In-class discussions and activities will expose students to various approaches to gathering, analyzing, writing up, and utilizing qualitative research data. The course leads students through the process of articulating research interests, moving from broad topics to specific research questions and problems, and defining the relationship between research questions, theory, and choice of methods. Questions of researcher subjectivity and the ethics of conducting human research are explored. Through this course students will design research proposals that may be used as a basis for their Professional Decision Report (PDR) or Paper of Publishable Quality (PPQ) capstone projects. Thus, this course is best positioned the semester before students' final semester. The instructor strongly discourages students from taking the course at the same time as they are completing final projects and coursework.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions