Catalogue 2019 - 2020

CJ 307 Qualitative Research Methods


4 cr.


SO 101, and any 200 level CJ or SO course and Junior standing.

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the principles of research methodology—the techniques used for collecting empirical data. We will focus in particular on the qualitative methods used by Sociologists to study social life: descriptive and interpretive methods of inquiry. In addition to an overview of various qualitative methods (interview, textual analysis, participant observation etc.), this course will emphasize methodological thinking. This includes the philosophical and conceptual underpinnings of qualitative Sociology, as well as a consideration of the link between theory and method.

Cross Listed Courses

SO 307