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Advanced Qualitative Analysis


Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

Pathway Associations

Community Change
Interpersonal Practice
Mgmt & Leadership
Policy & Political
Program EvaluationElective (Host)
Older Adults
Children & Families

Course Description

This course is designed to enable students to explore and apply a variety of methods of analyzing non-numeric empirical evidence. It builds on the epistemological and methodological approaches covered in the Qualitative Methodologies for Socially Just Inquiry. Students will be introduced to the theoretical justifications for selecting among different strategies for qualitative analysis, including deductive, abductive, and inductive approaches. Methods covered might include thematic analysis, content analysis, narrative analysis, discourse analysis, grounded theory, or ethnomethodology.


1. Critically distinguish a variety of strategies for analyzing qualitative evidence
2. Understand the link between qualitative analysis strategies and the underlying epistemological framing of the study and its research questions
3. Apply knowledge of a variety of approaches to qualitative analysis through application
4. Critically evaluate the analysis plans identified in existing published qualitative studies


This course will be a mixture of interactive lectures, presentations, along with extensive use of small group and lab activities.

Intensive Focus on Privilege, Oppression, Diversity and Social Justice (PODS)

This course integrates PODS content and skills with a special emphasis on the identification of theories, practice and/or policies that promote social justice, illuminate injustices and are consistent with scientific and professional knowledge. Through the use of a variety of instructional methods, this course will support students developing a vision of social justice, learn to recognize and reduce mechanisms that support oppression and injustice, work toward social justice processes, apply intersectionality and intercultural frameworks and strengthen critical consciousness, self-knowledge and self-awareness to facilitate PODS learning.

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