Analysis and interpretation of qualitative data
MA and PhD programmes in sociology, Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno; code SOC421, 20 credits (spring semesters)
The course is a set of lectures, discussions and practical workshops aimed at analytical work with qualitative data. The emphasis will neither be on presentation of different approaches nor on following the epistemic logic of a particular methodological tradition. Rather, we will focus, in an eclectic mode, on various practices of analytic reading and writing. Students will use, for their work, the software package for qualitative analysis Atlas.ti. Participation in the course is time-demanding, based on continuous school and home work. The main objectives are (1) to master - both in technical and methodological terms - the work with Atlas.ti; (2) to practice basic analytic procedures with qualitative data.
Analysing qualitative data
MA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno
This series of lectures, discussions and practical exercises is focused upon the theory and practice of qualitative analysis. The theoretical topics include, e.g., the relationship between theoretical frameworks and practical analytical procedures in qualitative research; the problems of reflexivity and relativism; a hermeneutical understanding of objectivity; and materiality of data objects in the process of interpretation. The lectures are not to cover, in a systematic way, all the main methodological approaches. Neither they are intended as detailed exploration of a particular analytical school. Instead, the characteristic feature or our approach will be that the procedures of qualitative data analysis are not understood methodologically (strictly taken), but rather from the point of view of sociology of scientific knowledge - which means, above all, in an eclectic and quite pragmatic way. Theoretical issues will be connected with analytical examples and with acquisition of various practical skills. The participants will use a shared data set and they will be trained to use Atlas.ti, an advanced software package for qualitative data analysis.
Contemporary qualitative research
MA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague
The course critically reflects the ambivalent condition of qualitative research and explains it from several mutually connected perspectives - the narrative turn in sociology; new (experimental) forms of writing sociology; power relations in the research process; advances in computing technology and their relevance in qualitative research