Szeptember - 2018
H K S C P S V
  01 02
03 04 05 06 07 08 09
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 27 28 29 30

Subject data sheet

Academic Writing, Qualitative Methods and Research Design

Download data sheet: Download

Code: 4KO03NBK78M
Name: Academic Writing, Qualitative Methods and Research Design
Number of hours per semester: 
Credits: 3
Fall/Spring: Fall
Language: English
Prerequisites: -
Course type: Compulsory
Department: Közgazdálkodás és Közpolitika Tanszék
A Course leader: Hajnal György

Course description: This course is designed for MA students primarily with an economic or other social science background. The main aims of the course are to improve academic writing as well as qualitative research methodological skills of the students. This includes the issues of academic source use, referencing and academic writing style and preparing a consistent research proposal with an appropriate research design. The course encompasses development of basic techniques of data collection and data analysis with a focus on qualitative case study research methods, including research ethics and informed consent, small-N research, and case selection.

Assessment, grading: Assessment of the class activity accounts for 30%, assessment of the final version of the research proposal accounts for 70%.

Aims and objectives and description of the course: The main aims of the course are to improve academic writing as well as qualitative research methodological skills of the students. The first part of the course develops the skills of academic source use, referencing and academic writing style and then the skills of preparing a consistent research proposal with an appropriate research design are cultivated. The course has a focus on qualitative case study research methods including the typical challenges of small-n research and case selection logics. The last section of the course encompasses the basic techniques of data collection as well as data analysis from documentary sources and interviews.

Time of class: 1. Introduction: academic writing and qualitative research methods
2. Locating and evaluating academic sources
3. Referencing, quoting, paraphrasing and summarising
4. Academic writing style, unity and coherence
5. Preparation of research papers and research proposals
6. Writing a literature review
7. Research questions, research objectives and hypothesis
8. The case study method. Research design. Choosing research methods.
9. The case study method. Case selection, representativeness and generalizability
10. Gathering information from documentary sources and documentary analysis
11. Gathering information from interviews, analysing and interpreting interview data
12. Research ethics
13. Conclusion

Learning outcomes: On completion of the course, students should be able to:
 Locate and evaluate academic sources;
 Reference, quote, paraphrase and summarise according to international standards;
 Formulate appropriate research questions and research hypotheses;
 Prepare a consistent research proposal with an appropriate research design;
 Write a literature review;
 Apply the basic requirements of data collection and data analysis in qualitative case study researches.

Assignments: 

Bibliography:
Compulsory readings:

  • Baškarada, S. (2014) Qualitative Case Study Guidelines. The Qualitative Report, 19(40), 1–18.
  • Blaikie, N. (2000) Preparing Research Proposals and Research Designs. In: Designing Social Research. Cambridge: Polity Press, 12–34.
  • Gerring, J. (2007) Techniques for Choosing Cases. In: Case Study Research: Principles and Practices. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 86–150.
  • Gillet, A. (2015) Using English for Academic Purposes. [online]. Available from http://www.uefap.com/writing/writfram.htm
  • Hancock, D. R. and Algozzine, B. (2006) Doing Case Study Research: A Practical Guide for Beginning Researchers. New York: Teachers College Press
  • Pruchno, R., Bowers, B. J., Kivnick, H., Schoenberg, N., Van Haitsma, K., Whittington, F. J. and Williamson, J. B. (2014) Editorial: Science or Fishing? The Gerontologist, 54(2) 145–146. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnt157
  • http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/54/2/145.full

Recommended readings:

  • Recommended readings:
  • Bryman, A. (2001b) Ethics in social research. In: Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 475–486.
  • Ebbinghaus, B. (2005) When Less is More. Selection Problems in Large-N and Small-N Cross-National Comparisons. International Sociology, 20(2) 133–152.
  • Gerring, J. (2007) Case Study Research: Principles and Practices. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
  • Silverman, D. (2006a) What is Qualitative Research? In: Interpreting qualitative data. London: Sage. 33–61.
  • Yin, R. K. (2009) Case Study Research: Design and Methods (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Compulsory readings:
Recommended readings:

 
Instructors:

Bartha Attila, Hajnal György

Last modification: 2017-09-05 10:26:08

Courses

Course codeTypeSemesterInstructors
GGyakorlat2018/19/1Bartha Attila, Hajnal György
G1Gyakorlat2018/19/1Hajnal György, Bartha Attila


A "Tantárgyfelelős tanszék", a tantárgyfelelős neve a tantárgy oktatói és a kurzusinformációk automatikusan frissülnek a tanulmányi rendszerünk alapján.