Academic Catalog

STPS557 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES

Course Code: 8310557
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(0-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Department: Science And Technology Policy Studies
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: - ARSEV UMUR AYDINOLU
Offered Semester: Fall and Spring Semesters.

Course Content

This course is an introduction to qualitative methods of social research. This course addresses both the practical how to dimensions of qualitative methodology and method, and the epidemiological and theoretical commitments and stances that are tied to these methods. The course will (1) provide students with an introductory understanding of qualitative inquiry in the social sciences; (2) provide and opportunity for students to learn how to conduct and critique research that uses qualitative methodology;(3) understand research ontologies and epistemologies driving qualitative research perspectives that include certain assumptions about humans; (4) provide an opportunity for students to conduct fieldwork and begin using tools for data collection such as interviewing, focus group interviews, field-based observations; (5) analyze qualitative data.