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Syllabus:

Qualitative methods in Social work, 7.5 Credits, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Kvalitativ metod i socialt arbete 7.5 hp

This syllabus is valid: 2020-07-20 and until further notice

Course code: 2SA129

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Social Work: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Social Work

Revised by: Head of Department of Social Work, 2020-06-10

Contents

The course provides an in-depth knowledge in and about various qualitative methods, as well as main characteristics and key concepts within the traditions which constitutes the background to these methods. Central in the course is to perform exercises in a selection of qualitative methods based on empirical data obtained through observation, interview, or text. Themes raised and problematize in the course is the qualitative research implications regarding: methodological considerations; choice of method in relation to a research question; collection of empirical material; interpretation; knowledge claims; and the ethical positions that arise.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, students must:

Knowledge
-Have a thorough knowledge of the main features of the different scientific traditions and its central concepts
-demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of methodological considerations in qualitative research approaches, and be able to relate these to the scientific traditions that constitute the basis for qualitative research

Skills
-Demonstrate skills and abilities in terms of qualitative analysis of empirical data such as observation, interviews and document studies
-Be able to apply and justify the methods mentioned above

Competences
-Be able to critically evaluate texts in terms of qualitative approaches
-Be able to identify and evaluate ethical issues, and argue for their own ethical standpoints, in relation to qualitative methods

Required Knowledge

For admission to the course a minimum of 90 university credits are required in the following subjects: social work, sociology, Psychology, Peace and conflict studies, Gender Studies, Economic and social geography, Pedagogy, Political science, Law/legal Science or in other courses that are considered equal to thus above, including  a bachelor thesis carrying at least 15 credits or 90 ECTS wihtin nursing including an individual essay carrying at least 15 credits. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5 or comparable is also required

Form of instruction

Teaching methods consist of lectures, literature studies, practical exercises and seminars. The teaching is based on students' active participation and independent study where the students have to prepare various tasks, individually and / or in groups. Students have to base the individual work on his/her own research question and problematize and apply different methodological approaches. The course ends with an individual written assignment.

Examination modes

Examination is as follows:
* active participation in seminars
* written assignments
* individual written final assignment
 
In the individual written assignment the grades are Fail (U), Pass (G), or Pass with Distinction (VG). For written assignments and active participation in seminars is given grades U or G. In order to obtain the grade Pass with Distinction on the course, Pass with Distinction is required on the individual written final assignment.

If the student has a certificate of special pedagogical support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adjusted form of examination.
 
The appointed examiner may decide to use other forms of examination if required by particular circumstances.
A student who has not received a passing grade on a test will be afforded an opportunity for re-examination.
A student who has passed examination may not be re-examined. A student who has taken two tests for a course or segment of a course, without passing, has the right to have another examiner appointed, unless special reasons exist. A written request for change of examiner is submitted to the Director of Advanced Education.

Written assignments should be in accordance with academically accepted forms and must be of a good linguistic standard.

Literature

  • Valid from: 2021 week 34

    Bacchi Carol
    Why Study Problematizations? Making Politics Visible
    Included in:
    Open Journal of Political Science [Elektronisk resurs]
    Scientific Research Publishing : 2 : pages 1-8 :
    Mandatory

    The social construction of reality: a treatise in the sociology of knowledge (Repr.)
    Berger P.L, Luckmann T
    London: Penguin. (urval) : 1991 :
    Mandatory

    OBS Alternativt till ovan. Kunskapssociologi: hur individen uppfattar och formar sin sociala verklighet (2. uppl)
    Berger P.L, Luckmann T, Olsson S
    Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand (urval) : 1998 :
    Mandatory

    Using thematic analysis in psychology
    Braun Virginia, Clarke Victoria
    Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3:77-101 : 2006 :

    Sanning och metod : i urval
    Gadamer Hans-Georg, Melberg Arne
    Göteborg : Daidalos : 1997 : 213 s. :
    ISBN: 91-7173-057-5
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    God forskningssed [Elektronisk resurs]
    Reviderad utgåva : Stockholm : Vetenskapsrådet : 2017 : 82 s. :
    Fritt tillgänglig via Vetenskapsrådet
    ISBN: 978-91-7307-352-3
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Gunaratnam Y
    Narrative interviews and research
    Included in:
    Narrative and stories in health care [Elektronisk resurs]
    Oxford : Oxford University Press : 2009 : xii, 246 p. : pages pp. 47-61 :
    Mandatory

    Ethnography : principles in practice
    Hammersley Martyn, Atkinson Paul
    Fourth edition : London : Routledge : 2019 : xii, 280 pages :
    ISBN: 9781138504455
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Active interviewing
    Holstein James A, Gubrium Jaaber F
    Included in:
    Qualitative research
    London : SAGE : 1997 : 262 s. :
    Mandatory

    Alternativ till ovan: Qualitative research: issues of theory, method and practice (3.ed) Animation interview narratives. David Silverman
    Holstein James A, Gubrium Jaaber F
    London Sage : 2011 :
    Mandatory

    Etiska dilemman : forskningsdeltagande, samtycke och utsatthet
    Kalman Hildur, Lövgren Veronica
    Andra upplagan : Malmö : Gleerups : [2019] : 192 sidor :
    ISBN: 9789151102283
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Positioning the ageing subject [Elektronisk resurs] : Articulations of choice in Swedish and UK health and social care
    Lindberg Jens, Lundgren Anna Sofia
    Routledge : 2019 :
    http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158161

    Lindberg Jens
    Orsak: våldtäkt : om våldtagna män i medicinsk praktik
    Stockholm : Carlsson : 2015 : 246 s. :
    ISBN: 9789173317290
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Qualitative Research in Psychology, 10:1. A Narrative Study of the Lives of Women Who Experience Anorexia Nervosa
    O´Shaughnessy R, Dallos R, Gough A
    Qualitative Research in Psychology : 2013 :
    Mandatory

    Nursing Philosophy, 6(2) Narrative vigilance: the analysis of stories in healt care
    Paley J, G Eva
    Nursing Philosophy, 6(2) : 2005 :
    Mandatory

    Från text till handling : en antologi om hermeneutik
    Ricœur Paul, Kemp Peter, Kristensson Uggla Bengt, Fatton Margareta
    4. uppl. : Stockholm : B. Östlings bokförl. Symposion : 1993 : 244 s. :
    ISBN: 9171391274
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Ricoeur Paul
    "Narrative Time” Critical Inquiry
    The University of Chicago Press : 1980 :
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/1343181?origin=JSTOR-pdf&seq=1

    Ryan G.W, Bernard H.R
    Field Methods, 15 (1) Techniques to Identify Themes
    Field Methods : 2003 :
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1525822X02239569
    Mandatory

    Den sociala världens fenomenologi
    Schütz Alfred, Andersson Sten, Retzlaff Joachim, Bengtsson Jan
    Göteborg : Daidalos : 2002 : 291 s. :
    ISBN: 9171730826
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Solberg Anne
    International Journal of Social Research Methodology 17 (3). Reflections on interviewing children living in difficult circumstances: courage, caution and co-production.
    International Journal of Social Research Methodology : 2014 :
    https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2012.729788
    Mandatory

    Thornquist Eline
    Vetenskapsfilosofi och vetenskapsteori : - för samhällsvetenskaplig och medicinsk fakultet
    Gleerups Utbildning AB : 2021 :
    ISBN: 9789151102979
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Nursing & Health Science 15 (3). Content analysis and thematic analysis: Implications for conducting a qualitative descriptive study
    Vaismoradi M, Turunen H, Bondas T
    Nursing & Health Science : 2013 :
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nhs.12048
    Mandatory

    Further reading in forms of articles and/or book chapters related to lectures will be added.

  • Valid from: 2021 week 3

    Bacchi Carol
    Why Study Problematizations? Making Politics Visible
    Included in:
    Open Journal of Political Science [Elektronisk resurs]
    Scientific Research Publishing : 2 : pages 1-8 :
    Mandatory

    The social construction of reality: a treatise in the sociology of knowledge (Repr.)
    Berger P.L, Luckmann T
    London: Penguin. (urval) : 1991 :
    Mandatory

    OBS Alternativt till ovan. Kunskapssociologi: hur individen uppfattar och formar sin sociala verklighet (2. uppl)
    Berger P.L, Luckmann T, Olsson S
    Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand (urval) : 1998 :
    Mandatory

    Sanning och metod : i urval
    Gadamer Hans-Georg, Melberg Arne
    Göteborg : Daidalos : 1997 : 213 s. :
    ISBN: 91-7173-057-5
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    God forskningssed [Elektronisk resurs]
    Reviderad utgåva : Stockholm : Vetenskapsrådet : 2017 : 82 s. :
    Fritt tillgänglig via Vetenskapsrådet
    ISBN: 978-91-7307-352-3
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Gunaratnam Y
    Narrative interviews and research
    Included in:
    Narrative and stories in health care [Elektronisk resurs]
    Oxford : Oxford University Press : 2009 : xii, 246 p. : pages pp. 47-61 :
    Mandatory

    Ethnography : principles in practice
    Hammersley Martyn, Atkinson Paul
    Fourth edition : London : Routledge : 2019 : xii, 280 pages :
    ISBN: 9781138504455
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Active interviewing
    Holstein James A, Gubrium Jaaber F
    Included in:
    Qualitative research
    London : SAGE : 1997 : 262 s. :
    Mandatory

    Alternativ till ovan: Qualitative research: issues of theory, method and practice (3.ed) Animation interview narratives. David Silverman
    Holstein James A, Gubrium Jaaber F
    London Sage : 2011 :
    Mandatory

    Etiska dilemman : forskningsdeltagande, samtycke och utsatthet
    Kalman Hildur, Lövgren Veronica
    Andra upplagan : Malmö : Gleerups : [2019] : 192 sidor :
    ISBN: 9789151102283
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Positioning the ageing subject [Elektronisk resurs] : Articulations of choice in Swedish and UK health and social care
    Lindberg Jens, Lundgren Anna Sofia
    Routledge : 2019 :
    http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158161

    Lindberg Jens
    Orsak: våldtäkt : om våldtagna män i medicinsk praktik
    Stockholm : Carlsson : 2015 : 246 s. :
    ISBN: 9789173317290
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Qualitative Research in Psychology, 10:1. A Narrative Study of the Lives of Women Who Experience Anorexia Nervosa
    O´Shaughnessy R, Dallos R, Gough A
    Qualitative Research in Psychology : 2013 :
    Mandatory

    Nursing Philosophy, 6(2) Narrative vigilance: the analysis of stories in healt care
    Paley J, G Eva
    Nursing Philosophy, 6(2) : 2005 :
    Mandatory

    Från text till handling : en antologi om hermeneutik
    Ricœur Paul, Kemp Peter, Kristensson Uggla Bengt, Fatton Margareta
    4. uppl. : Stockholm : B. Östlings bokförl. Symposion : 1993 : 244 s. :
    ISBN: 9171391274
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Ryan G.W, Bernard H.R
    Field Methods, 15 (1) Techniques to Identify Themes
    Field Methods : 2003 :
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1525822X02239569
    Mandatory

    Den sociala världens fenomenologi
    Schütz Alfred, Andersson Sten, Retzlaff Joachim, Bengtsson Jan
    Göteborg : Daidalos : 2002 : 291 s. :
    ISBN: 9171730826
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Solberg Anne
    International Journal of Social Research Methodology 17 (3). Reflections on interviewing children living in difficult circumstances: courage, caution and co-production.
    International Journal of Social Research Methodology : 2014 :
    https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2012.729788
    Mandatory

    Nursing & Health Science 15 (3). Content analysis and thematic analysis: Implications for conducting a qualitative descriptive study
    Vaismoradi M, Turunen H, Bondas T
    Nursing & Health Science : 2013 :
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nhs.12048
    Mandatory

    Ricoeur Paul
    "Narrative Time” Critical Inquiry
    The University of Chicago Press : 1980 :
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/1343181?origin=JSTOR-pdf&seq=1

    Using thematic analysis in psychology
    Braun Virginia, Clarke Victoria
    Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3:77-101 : 2006 :

    Further reading in forms of articles and/or book chapters related to lectures will be added.

  • Valid from: 2020 week 30

    Bacchi Carol
    Why Study Problematizations? Making Politics Visible
    Included in:
    Open Journal of Political Science [Elektronisk resurs]
    Scientific Research Publishing : 2 : pages 1-8 :
    Mandatory

    The social construction of reality: a treatise in the sociology of knowledge (Repr.)
    Berger P.L, Luckmann T
    London: Penguin. (urval) : 1991 :
    Mandatory

    OBS Alternativt till ovan. Kunskapssociologi: hur individen uppfattar och formar sin sociala verklighet (2. uppl)
    Berger P.L, Luckmann T, Olsson S
    Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand (urval) : 1998 :
    Mandatory

    Sanning och metod : i urval
    Gadamer Hans-Georg, Melberg Arne
    Göteborg : Daidalos : 1997 : 213 s. :
    ISBN: 91-7173-057-5
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    God forskningssed [Elektronisk resurs]
    Reviderad utgåva : Stockholm : Vetenskapsrådet : 2017 : 82 s. :
    Fritt tillgänglig via Vetenskapsrådet
    ISBN: 978-91-7307-352-3
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Gunaratnam Y
    Narrative interviews and research
    Included in:
    Narrative and stories in health care [Elektronisk resurs]
    Oxford : Oxford University Press : 2009 : xii, 246 p. : pages pp. 47-61 :
    Mandatory

    Ethnography : principles in practice
    Hammersley Martyn, Atkinson Paul
    Fourth edition : London : Routledge : 2019 : xii, 280 pages :
    ISBN: 9781138504455
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Active interviewing
    Holstein James A, Gubrium Jaaber F
    Included in:
    Qualitative research
    London : SAGE : 1997 : 262 s. :
    Mandatory

    Alternativ till ovan: Qualitative research: issues of theory, method and practice (3.ed) Animation interview narratives. David Silverman
    Holstein James A, Gubrium Jaaber F
    London Sage : 2011 :
    Mandatory

    Etiska dilemman : forskningsdeltagande, samtycke och utsatthet
    Kalman Hildur, Lövgren Veronica
    Andra upplagan : Malmö : Gleerups : [2019] : 192 sidor :
    ISBN: 9789151102283
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Positioning the ageing subject [Elektronisk resurs] : Articulations of choice in Swedish and UK health and social care
    Lindberg Jens, Lundgren Anna Sofia
    Routledge : 2019 :
    http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158161

    Lindberg Jens
    Orsak: våldtäkt : om våldtagna män i medicinsk praktik
    Stockholm : Carlsson : 2015 : 246 s. :
    ISBN: 9789173317290
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Qualitative Research in Psychology, 10:1. A Narrative Study of the Lives of Women Who Experience Anorexia Nervosa
    O´Shaughnessy R, Dallos R, Gough A
    Qualitative Research in Psychology : 2013 :
    Mandatory

    Nursing Philosophy, 6(2) Narrative vigilance: the analysis of stories in healt care
    Paley J, G Eva
    Nursing Philosophy, 6(2) : 2005 :
    Mandatory

    Från text till handling : en antologi om hermeneutik
    Ricœur Paul, Kemp Peter, Kristensson Uggla Bengt, Fatton Margareta
    4. uppl. : Stockholm : B. Östlings bokförl. Symposion : 1993 : 244 s. :
    ISBN: 9171391274
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Field Methods, 15 (1) Techniques to Identify Themes
    Ryan G.W, Bernard H.R
    Field Methods : 2003 :
    Mandatory

    Den sociala världens fenomenologi
    Schütz Alfred, Andersson Sten, Retzlaff Joachim, Bengtsson Jan
    Göteborg : Daidalos : 2002 : 291 s. :
    ISBN: 9171730826
    Mandatory
    Search Album, the University Library catalogue

    Nursing & Health Science 15 (3). Content analysis and thematic analysis: Implications for conducting a qualitative descriptive study
    Vaismoradi M, Turunen H, Bondas T
    Nursing & Health Science : 2013 :
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nhs.12048
    Mandatory

    Further reading in forms of articles and/or book chapters related to lectures will be added.