2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

SOC 328 Qualitative Research Methods

3 hours 

This course is an introduction to the qualitative research methods of sociology and criminology. This includes the ethnographic method of participant observation, unobtrusive observation, visual analysis, and interviewing. Particular attention will be paid to conducting research on and among vulnerable and hidden populations as well as people associated with the criminal justice system. The course features in-depth reading of criminological and sociological studies that use and discuss these methods. Students will learn about the specific challenges of applying qualitative research methods in the fields of sociology and criminology, including their ethical and legal implications as well as potential risks for researchers and research subjects. Students will also use methodological skills in the "field" through their own research projects.




ENG 201, SOC 101 or ANT 101, and SSC 325