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HSS8044 : Working with Qualitative Methods: the Imagined Example (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Laura Leonardo
  • Owning School: HASS Faculty Office
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop and advance understanding of the qualitative tradition of critical enquiry.
To introduce contemporary qualitative research designs across a range of disciplines.
To examine the intellectual, theoretical and methodological development of the qualitative paradigm.
To develop awareness and understanding of the variety of epistemological perspectives which underpin qualitative approaches to critical inquiry.
To examine the ethical principles, implications and dilemmas of qualitative research.
To develop understanding of the nature, methods and application of qualitative research.
To develop skills in qualitative methods of data collection.
To examine a range of strategies for organising and analysing qualitative data.
To consider different approaches to qualitative report-writing.
To encourage a critical and reflexive approach to research practice.
To think critically about methodologies without relying on secondary criticism/received opinion.
To allow student to demonstrate a deep understanding of the approach used.
To develop self-awareness and self-reflexion when drafting the exercise, encouraging students to concentrate on the methodologies rather than the example.
To develop the ability to cast complex concepts to a non-specialist but well-informed audience.

Outline Of Syllabus

Planning and briefing meeting.
Supported self-study for the production of the assessment.
Final presentations.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Introductory lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical14:004:00Oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1941:00194:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Allocated periods for independent reading will allow students to develop and refine their academic understanding of qualitative research practice and encourage them to embed their research skills in classic and contemporary epistemological and methodological literature. Scheduled online contact time for the introductory briefing to the module, individual support and Canvas resources – including access to selected examples previously submitted by peers- will allow the student to immerse themselves in the creation and analysis of their chosen example to the benefit of their actual PhD research project.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M702500 word portfolio, of an Imagined Example
Oral Examination2M3010 min presentation - 5% of mark averaged from peers and 25% of mark from module leader
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module is based on the qualitative analysis of the name of an imaginary author, an imaginary artefact (historical, archaeological, aesthetic; textual, manuscript), or an outline of an imaginary cultural event that in some way echoes research interests. The 2500 word portfolio will allow the student to explore this.

The module includes an element of peer assessment for the oral presentation, for which the students are briefed.

Reading Lists