QUAL Concentration

QUAL Courses List I

Courses designated below are on List I of the QUAL concentration. Students must take at least one of the courses below.


Course Number Course Title Course Description
COM 513 Fieldwork Research Methods Provides training in the design and implementation of fieldwork research methods, with a focus on participant observation and ethnography.
SOC 555/   JSIS 595/          LAW B 554 Qualitative Case-Based Research Methods This course, taught during Winter quarter, introduces concepts and practices that inform case‐based research methods in the social sciences. We will review the basic concepts and practices in case‐based research methods and also consider debates as to the role of theory in research. The second part of the course focuses on interview techniques and content analysis which are frequently used in case‐based research. See Syllabus.
POLS 504 Designing Multi-Method Field Research Provides training in how to design and implement multi-method field research in the social sciences, covering qualitative/ethnographic approaches; survey design, implementation, and analysis; and design and implementation of lab, survey, and field experiments.* See Syllabus.
ANTH 519/          GH 590 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Anthropology and Public Health Provides students with both a theoretical foundation in qualitative approaches to research in anthropology and public health and in-depth training in qualitative data management, analysis, interpretation, and presentation. See Syllabus.
SOC 582 A Doing Qualitative Research This course takes a hands-on approach to learning qualitative sociological research. The focus of this class is on how we move the big questions of design into the details of implementation. See Syllabus.
SOCWL 581 Qualitative Research: Methods and Designs This course is designed to both de-mystify the research process and to re-enchant it. We will closely examine research texts and processes, looking at the underlying question of how this research came to be before us and what skills in research methods it can teach us. See Syllabus.
SOCWL 585 Qualitative Research Design and Data Collection This course is the first in a two quarter sequence designed to give students the opportunity to design and conduct a qualitative research project that will advance their overall career goals. First in sequence of 2 courses. See Syllabus.
Qualitative Case-Based Research Methods This course serves as an introduction to qualitative methods, specifically designed for public policy students. The course will instruct students in four methodological approaches: interviews, ethnographic observations, focus groups and qualitative surveys. See Syllabus.

*Please note: this course has a prerequisite, POLS/CS&SS 510, Maximum Likelihood Methods for the Social Sciences; if requesting to register for POLS 504 without this prerequisite, students must email the instructor in advance and list prior methodology training.