GSBL50050 Approaches & Techniques in Qualitative Research

Academic Year 2022/2023

This is a course in approaches and methodologies in qualitative research. It considers the practical issues of how a student might move from the formulation of a research question to an articulation of their ontological and epistemological position to choosing an appropriate methodology and research methods. The course argues for a question-led approach to research: that is, the framing of a research question or problem should precede and point towards an appropriate methodological framework, rather than a method seeking a research question. A variety of research methods, data sources and methods of data analysis are explored. The module is geared towards students who wish to acquire knowledge of, and/or who intend to use, ‘qualitative’ methods in the broadest sense.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, the student should
* have a critical and informed understanding of 'qualitative' approaches to social science inquiry.
* understand the strengths, weaknesses and contextual suitability of different 'qualitative' methods of inquiry.
* understand the different ontological and philosophical debates on which 'qualitative' approaches are justified
* be able to match a research question, theory, and method in a coherent way.
* understand the challenges and techniques associated with analysing qualitative data
* be able to communicate the findings of a qualitative research project effectively
* have a deep knowledge of one or two qualitative research methods.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a literature and discussion based module with practical elements and assignments. A high level of class interactivity is required. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Continuous Assessment Unspecified n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Ilaria Galasso Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Susi Geiger Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 11:00 - 12:50