Qualitative research methods

Course Code: SOC 204 • Study year: II • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Sociology • Field of study: Sociology
Type of course: Compulsory
Language of instruction: English
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Sebastian Claudiu Stefani
Seminar tutor: Sebastian Claudiu Stefani
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Class
Number of teaching hours per semester: 56
Number of teaching hours per week: 4
Semester: Autumn
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 5

Course aims:

Knowledge and understanding of the logic of qualitative research in the social sciences.
Acquiring methodological information, which will help students in the activity of knowledge and understanding of social phenomena.
Knowledge of the main methods and techniques of qualitative research.

Course Entry Requirements:


Course contents:

Management and analysis of qualitative data. Definitions, epistemological assumptions, data analysis models.
Data analysis. Relationships between qualitative analysis and quantitative data analysis.
Designing a research.
Research design.
Conducting research.
Coding. General procedure. Types of coding.
Relationships between analytical categories. Development of "concept maps". Verification of the validity of the conclusions.

Teaching methods:

Lecture, conversation, examples

Learning outcomes:

-Knowledge of the main research methods used in qualitative research
-Understanding the advantages and limitations specific to the main methods used in qualitative research
-Knowledge of the principles underlying the conduct of qualitative research
-Critical commentary on the methods and tools used
-Evaluation of the methods and tools used in carrying out concrete research
-Evaluation of the validity of some research tools
-Performing an empirical research

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

Written exam and project

Recommended reading:

Mircea Agabrian, Analiza de conţinut, Polirom, Iasi, 2005, 300.
Mircea Agabrian, Cercetarea calitativă a socialului. Design şi performare, Institutul European, Iasi, 2004, 340.
Chelcea Septimiu, Metodologia cercetării sociologice: metode calitative şi cantitative, Economica, Bucuresti, 2004, 400.