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David D. Levinger
URBDP 519
Seattle Campus

Qualitative Research Planning

Qualitative research methods covering both the theoretical foundations and practical methodologies of traditional and innovative approaches, including cognitive mapping, open-ended interviews, ethnographic observation, hermeneutics, phenomenology, critical theory, communicative action, grass-roots empowerment, post-structuralism, and self organization.

Class description

Students will learn how to design and carry out qualitative research that serves planning and design efforts. By covering both the theoretical foundations and practical dimensions of traditional and innovative approaches, this course helps one understand the field's evolving practices. Methods taught include cognitive mapping, open-ended interviews, ethnographic observation, critical theory, communicative action, grass-roots empowerment, post-structuralism, evaluation, and self organization.

This course will be of greatest interest for UDP graduate students, but will also serve the interests of graduate students in other UW schools and colleges.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David D. Levinger
Date: 05/23/2008