This seminar examines qualitative methods used in social science research, with specific attention to post-positivist research methodologies. Methods covered include participant observation, semi-structured interview techniques, and critical ethnography. We will also consider Indigenous methodologies, the history of research as a tool of domination, and participatory action research. Seminar readings on specific research methods will contribute to the formulation of a research project. Recent literature on the theoretical and ethical aspects of these methods will also be considered in the context of these projects. During the course of the semester students will produce a research proposal or a reflection paper.
It would be best for students to have a research topic and a desire to talk to people in researching that topic.