Qualitative Research Methods in Social Sciences
History and introduction to qualitative research methods; Philosophical foundations of social science research: critique of positivism and post-positivist approaches; sampling strategies; Methods of data collection: observation, interviewing, case study, focus group discussions, oral histories, archival materials and reading archival texts, ethnography; Data analysis: transcribing, coding, content analysis, reliability and validity, theory building, discourse analysis; Ethical issues in social sciences research; Writing: proposal writing, review of literature, report and dissertation writing, bibliography and references.
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Academic Complex Block F Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Guwahati, Assam, 781039