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2017/2018  BA-BSOCO2012U  Qualitative Methods

English Title
Qualitative Methods

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration Two Quarters
Start time of the course Autumn, First Quarter, Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Business Administration and Sociology
Course coordinator
  • Ester Barinaga - MPP
Main academic disciplines
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
Last updated on 30-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: On successful completion of the course, the student should be able to use different qualitative methods and analytical strategies within organizational sociology and business administration. Specifically, the student should be able to:
  • locate specific qualitative methodologies in relation to the theoretical tradition
  • formulate and operationalise a research problem that is suitable for treatment by means of basic qualitative methods, and account for the relationship between theory and methods in the process,
  • use basic qualitative methods such as ethnographic analysis, text analysis and interviews to research problems within organizational sociology and business administration, and
  • critically assess strengths and weaknesses of the applied methods in relation to concrete research problems.
Course prerequisites
The courses Applied Organisational Analysis, Qualitative Methods, The Company from a Contextual Perspective, and Applied Qualitative Methods and Mixed Methods have one intergrated exam. You can only participate in Qualitative Methods if you also register for the other courses: Applied Organisational Analysis, The Company from a Contextual Perspective and Applied Qualitative Methods and Mixed Methods.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 3
Compulsory assignments (assessed approved/not approved)
Compulsory exercises. The written part of the exercise assignment should be handed in via Digital Exam (DE). The student can hand in up to 3 assignments. At least two out of three assignments need to be approved to be able to attend the course's Final Workshop.

Requirements about active class participation (assessed approved/not approved)
Compulsory participation in the course's final workshop. Participation in the final workshop involves 1. presentation of student mini qualitative research project and 2. discussion of another student presentation.

Make-up Exam:
Students who for legitimate reasons (documented illness or similar) cannot fill the two requirements just listed will have the chance to do the make-up examination. This consist on a 10-page written home assignment.
Examination
The exam in the subject consists of three parts:
Integrated examination 4th semester:
Sub exam weight60%
Examination formOral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group examIndividual exam
Size of written productMax. 30 pages
Assignment typeProject
Duration
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation timeNo preparation
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam periodSummer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The re-take takes place according to the same rules as the regular examination. However, the following supplementary rules apply:

•For projects where some of the group members are awarded the grade 00 or below at the oral examination, the failed students must submit individually, before the re-take, 2-3 pages on aspects of the project, as specified by the internal examiner.
•For projects where all members are awarded the grade 00 or below at the oral examination, the overall project is deemed unacceptable. Before the re-take, the project must be revised and improved. For supervision in this respect, the internal examiner will give a brief written critique of the project within eight working days after the regular oral examination.
Description of the exam procedure
  • The two third semester courses 'Qualitative Methods' and 'Applied Organizational Analysis' and the two fourth semester courses 'Applied Qualitative Methods and Mixed Methods' and 'The Company in a Contextual Perspective' are assessed at the second year project examination.
  • The examination is an individual oral examination. It is based on the second year project, but the syllabi of the four courses are assessed at this examination and may be drawn in by the examiner.
  • The Student will be awarded one grade, reflecting an overall assessment of the project, the oral presentation and the defense. The student's proficiency in spelling and fluency in writing will also be taken into account in the assessment. However, most emphasis will be put on the academic content.


Learning objectives for the exam
On completion of the course, the student must be capable of explaining, comparing, and integrating the course's concepts and theories as well as illustrative case studies. Integration involves the ability to construct an argument that logically uses the course's concepts and theories, and explain how the course's concepts and theories are rooted in empirical studies.

The student should demonstrate ability to:

 

  • Combine internal and contextual perspective on an organization as presented in the two courses "Advanced Organizational Analysis" and "The company in contextual perspective"
  • formulate, delimit and analyze an academic problem in relation to organizational practices
  • select ,apply and critcially assess theories and methods relevant til project,
  • select, apply and critically assess fundamental qualitative methods and some mixed methods,
  • structure the layout and present the material in a clearly formulated and accessible way in terms of both language and content.

 

Applied Organisational Analysis:
Sub exam weight20%
Examination formHome assignment - written product
Individual or group examIndividual exam
Size of written productMax. 5 pages
Assignment typeWritten assignment
Duration48 hours to prepare
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam periodWinter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The Company from a Contextual Perspective:
Sub exam weight20%
Examination formHome assignment - written product
Individual or group examIndividual exam
Size of written productMax. 5 pages
Assignment typeWritten assignment
Duration48 hours to prepare
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam periodSummer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The course focuses on the qualitative research process, looking deeper into interviewing, observation and analysis of qualitative data.
The course situates each method in context, looks into classical examples of each method and discusses the application of the technique in practice. In the exercise classes related to each module method, students will develop a sense of the possibilities and limits of the respective method.

Teaching methods
The course uses a combination of lectures, exercise classes and workshops. It is structured in three blocs— interviewing, observation of practices and analysis of qualitative material—all following the same logic. The first lecture in each block introduces and contextualizes the particular method (interviewing, observation and analysis). The second lecture looks at the theoretical roots of the respective concept/method focussing on an authoritative example of its application. Finally, the third session will introduce one of the practical “tool kits” used to conduct research using the methodology. Each block also has two exercise classes: one formulating the core aspects of the method and the second discussing an assignment in the method. The course concludes with a full day workshop during which a assignments carried out by groups of students are discussed in a conference-like setting.
Feedback during the teaching period
Written on class hand-ins.
Student workload
Lectures 24 hours
Exercises 24 hours
Preparation 158 hours
Expected literature

Texts include texts by Bourdieu, Hochschild, Elias, Geertz, Van moon samt introductory writings on Qualitative Methods. These can be accessed through links direkt on the syllabus on CBSLearn. 

Students need-to buy the book: 

  • Kvale, S. & Brinkmann, S. 2014. InterViews: Learning the craft of qualitative research interviewing. London: Sage.

 

Last updated on 30-06-2017