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Lucy A. Jarosz
GEOG 425
Seattle Campus

Qualitative Methodology in Geography

Historical and philosophical overview of qualitative methodology in design of geography research strategies. Techniques of interviewing, participant observation, and archival research. Forms of analyses such as textual interpretation, discourse analysis, and computer-aided analyses of interview transcriptions and ethnography. Questions of ethics, field notes, and write-up.

Class description

This course introduces students to the role of qualitative methods in geographic research and within inquiry in the arts and sciences more generally. Topics include: the history and objectives of qualitative research, the relationships between social theory, epistemology and qualitative methods, research techniques, writing fieldnotes, interpretation and analysis of data and information, and issues concerning ethics, validity, and research write-up.

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Last Update by Therese A Young
Date: 11/23/1998