Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
SOC3006 Qualitative Methods in Sociology Fall 3 0 3 5
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Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Prof. Dr. AYŞE NİLÜFER NARLI
Course Lecturer(s): Assoc. Prof. ULAŞ SUNATA ÖZDEMİR
Recommended Optional Program Components: "."
Course Objectives: The best way to learn qualitative methods in sociology is to apply them. Thus, the greater part of this course involves doing qualitative research and discussing research issues and questions with each other. As outlined below, the requirements for this course revolve around conducting a research project on a topic of interest to you.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
1) Recall methodology of social sciences
2) Defend ethical and political issues in social research
3) Discuss non-survey data collection techniques
4) Apply non-survey data collection techniques
5) Construct qualitative research design
6) Analyze qualitative data without using software
7) Analyze qualitative data by means of at least one computer aided analysis

Course Content

This course is designed as an introduction to basic issues on the practice and problems of qualitative research methods including alternative methodological approaches in sociology. In the course, we will discuss the non-positivist methodological issues (i.e. interpretative social research, critical social research, feminist and post-modernist approaches) and their analysis (i.e. expressed as words, pictures, objects, videos). Afterwards we will devote our time to ethical and political concerns in social research. Participant observation, field research techniques, historical and comparative analysis, focus group, interview techniques, content analysis, oral history (life history) analysis are the main topics that we plan to cover throughout the semester.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) The Meanings of Methodology- Introduction to the Course: Going over the Syllabus
2) The Meanings of Methodology- Remembering Methodology of Social Sciences
3) The Meanings of Methodology Remembering Methodology of Social Sciences (cont.)
4) Ethical and Political Issues in Social Research
5) Non-Survey Data Collection Techniques- Document Study and Experimental Research
6) Non-Survey Data Collection Techniques- FILM&FILM REVIEW: “Das Experiment” “The Experiment”
7) Qualitative Research Design
8) Qualitative Research Design: Field Research
9) Qualitative Research Design: Interview Studies
10) Analyzing Qualitative Data
11) Analyzing Qualitative Data: Historical and Comparative Research and Oral History / Life History Techniques
12) Analyzing Qualitative Data: Workshop on the use of a computer program (MaxQDA or Atlas.ti) for coding, sorting, and analyzing qualitative data
13) Analyzing Qualitative Data: Workshop continued
14) Writing for Sociologists and Final Discussion


Course Notes / Textbooks: Course reader will be given weekly
References: Atlas.ti. Atlas.ti v.5.0 User’s guide and reference. 2004.
Bailey, Kenneth D.. Methods of Social Research. New York: Free Press; London: Collier Macmillan, 1987.
Boeije, Hennie. Analysis in Qualitative Research. London: SAGE, 2010.
Ely, Margot. Ed. Doing Qualitative Research: Circles within Circles. London, NY: Falmer Press, 1991.
Heaton, Janet. Reworking Qualitative Data. London: SAGE, 2004.
Laine, Marlene de. Fieldwork, Participation and Practice. London: SAGE, 2000.
May, Tim. Ed. Qualitative Research in Action. London: SAGE, 2002.
Neuman, Lawrence W.. Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1991.
Silverman, David. Interpreting Qualitative Data: Methods for Analyzing Talk, Text and Interaction. London: SAGE, 2007.
Warren, Carol A.B., and Tracy X. Karner. Discovering Qualitative Methods: Field Research, Interviews, and Analysis. Oxford University Press, 2005.
Weisss, Robert Stuart. Learning from Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies. NY: Free Press, 1995.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 12 % 7
Laboratory 2 % 3
Field Work 3 % 30
Homework Assignments 2 % 20
Midterms 1 % 10
Final 1 % 30
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Laboratory 2 3 6
Field Work 3 10 30
Study Hours Out of Class 14 3 42
Presentations / Seminar 1 3 3
Homework Assignments 2 5 10
Midterms 1 2 2
Final 1 2 2
Total Workload 137

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) To be able to critically interpret and discuss the theories, the concepts, the traditions, and the developments in the history of thought which are fundamental for the field of new media, journalism and communication.
2) To be able to attain written, oral and visual knowledge about technical equipment and software used in the process of news and the content production in new media, and to be able to acquire effective abilities to use them on a professional level.
3) To be able to get information about the institutional agents and generally about the sector operating in the field of new media, journalism and communication, and to be able to critically evaluate them.
4) To be able to comprehend the reactions of the readers, the listeners, the audiences and the users to the changing roles of media environments, and to be able to provide and circulate an original contents for them and to predict future trends.
5) To be able to apprehend the basic theories, the concepts and the thoughts related to neighbouring fields of new media and journalism in a critical manner.
6) To be able to grasp global and technological changes in the field of communication, and the relations due to with their effects on the local agents.
7) To be able to develop skills on gathering necessary data by using scientific methods, analyzing and circulating them in order to produce content.
8) To be able to develop acquired knowledge, skills and competence upon social aims by being legally and ethically responsible for a lifetime, and to be able to use them in order to provide social benefit.
9) To be able to operate collaborative projects with national/international colleagues in the field of new media, journalism and communication.
10) To be able to improve skills on creating works in various formats and which are qualified to be published on the prestigious national and international channels.