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Qualitative Research Methods


Organised by Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

Admission requirements

Admission to the European Politics and Society Joint Master Programme


This course is designed to provide an introduction to qualitative research methodology in
social sciences. The central aim of this course is to prepare students to design and conduct
qualitative research in a variety of different settings, while providing them with a critical
understanding of broader conceptual, theoretical, and methodological debates within this
paradigm of research. Throughout the course, a particular emphasis will be placed on the
issues of diversity. We will explore various ways of developing and evaluating qualitative
research strategies that deal with the complexities related to race, ethnicity, gender, class,
religion, culture and so forth. By the end of this course, students will be able to develop a
clearly defined research project that centers on the issues of diversity, process and discuss
their initial research findings, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of existing
qualitative studies in this area. The course is organized into three main parts that elaborate
different stages and components of qualitative research: 1) theories and concepts; 2)
methods and measurement; 3) analysis, interpretation, and presentation.


  • Prof E. Yalaz

Course load

  • One weekly 120 minutes seminar session over 7 weeks