14335.0701 23S 2SH P Introduction to Qualitative Methods (Laboratory)   Hilfe Logo

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Introduction to Qualitative Methods (Laboratory) 
Summer semester 2023
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Political Science
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Prüfungsart Äquiv. Vorauss.
laufend 2022/23
Master's programme
88 275 Political Science (HG-NRW)
auslaufend 2022/23
Master's programme
88 275 Political Science (HG-NRW)
Allocations: 2 
Angaben zur Abhaltung
Lab 1:
Thursday, 16.00-17.30
First session: 07.04.2022
Lab 2:
Friday, 14.00-15.30
First session: 08.04.2022
The course comprises seven lectures followed by seven labs. The first part discusses the standard qualitative/quantitative distinction and the trade-offs in conducting qualitative research. Then, we will continue with research questions, sources, and data in qualitative research, by reflecting on the following questions: What makes a good research question? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using different types of sources and data? Secondly, we will learn about the types of cases that are available for analysis, what they are good for and how they are related. The third part covers process tracing, mechanisms, and causal analysis. Qualitative research offers different ways to make conclusions and inferences based on available sources, and we will assess how to make sense of the evidence. The fourth part covers the comparisons, the comparative method, and the challenges in implementing them. Finally, we will discuss generalization strategies for case studies and good practices to ensure transparency as a must component of good empirical research. With the help of labs, the students will form groups to deliver individual tasks. These tasks include – but are not limited to – learning search strategies for research articles, discussing the research design of qualitative case studies, collecting and analyzing data, conducting qualitative coding exercises with MAXQDA, discussing coding strategies and schemes, and interpreting the evidence in qualitative research. Individual tasks are combined with group work; the students are expected to present scientific results in the classroom and submit their written assignments on time. The course combines the elements of qualitative research design, strategies for purposive case selection, methods for collecting and interpreting qualitative evidence, analysis of causal effects in comparative case studies, process tracing, and the analysis of mechanisms. The reading list coanchors classic and contemporary qualitative studies in political science while providing empirical studies from different subfields of Comparative Politics for illustrating good and not-so-good practices in qualitative research.
- Assess the distinction between qualitative and quantitative research and discuss the
trade-offs involved in doing qualitative research
- Learn the principles and practices of qualitative research design, case selection, and the comparative method
- Learn key terms, strategies, and challenges of comparative case studies and process
tracing in single cases
- Critically read qualitative research on a methodological dimension, evaluate its quality and construct a qualitative research design of your own
Für die Anmeldung zur Teilnahme müssen Sie sich in KLIPS 2.0 als Studierende*r identifizieren.
Note: Attendance in the first session of lectures and labs is necessary since we will review the syllabus and organize the groups. The lecture and labs will be held in English. Students should register for the course and the examination via KLIPS2.
Angaben zur Prüfung
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This module follows the portfolio model of examination, meaning you will complete several assignments. You need to submit ALL assignments in order to receive a passing grade. The assignments will be returned to the participants with comments and a grading scheme.
Readings will be available as electronic articles through ILIAS.
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