UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ANTH4101 Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Anthropology and Sociology [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content Students are introduced to a range of practical dilemmas, ethical challenges and the details of how knowledge is produced in anthropological research as it is applied in research settings and professional practice. The aim is for students to learn about aspects of practising as a professional social scientist and to gain an in-depth understanding of qualitative interview methods. Social Science graduates increasingly find employment 'outside' the Academy and there is an increasing demand for social scientists in a diverse range of settings. Therefore, an implicit theme in the seminar series is for students to consider the challenges, ethical dilemmas, and the adaptation of qualitative interview methods in a range of applied contexts. Students gain experience in conducting qualitative interviews, analysing the data collected and presenting it in oral and written form.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate a coherent and advanced knowledge of a range of epistomologies; a comprehensive understanding of qualitative interview methods, their strengths and limitations and their role in research; (2) demonstrate the ability to develop an appropriate research question for a project based on qualitative interview data collection; discuss their research question and design with clarity and receptivity to constructive criticism; and understand the importance of an evidence-based explanation, not mere description; (3) critically analyse research projects that utilise qualitative interview data collection to understands its underlying assumptions and epistomologies and the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of the approach; and (4) demonstrate the ability to prepare the ethics application, Information Sheet and interview shedule for their research question; a comprehensive understanding ethical implications of this method.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) seminar participation and (2) written and oral assessments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Loretta Baldassar
Unit rules
Incompatibility: ANTH7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Anthropology)
Contact hours 2 hour seminar per week for up to 10 weeks
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ANTH4101/SEM-2/2017

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