Introduction to Critical Qualitative Methods

This course provides an introductory overview of qualitative research methods as a field of intellectual enquiry and practice for planners. Students will learn about the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research methods with emphasis on understanding how qualitative methods fit in the oeuvre of research methods more generally. The course will invite students to think critically about their positionality as researchers and potential biases that may introduce. Site/place observation, ethnography, archival research, interviewing techniques and writing skills will be introduced. Teaching and learning in the classroom will involve lecture, group discussion and, at times, workshopping student research projects. In addition to classroom learning and at-home reading, students taking the course for credit will be required to complete a field research assignment involving qualitative methods. This course will prepare students to take advanced qualitative methods courses. All waivers will be at the discretion of the instructor.