FRENCH 499: Fundamentals of Qualitative Research Methods – Open to all majors! No prereqs! Taught in English!

Have you ever been in the library working on a research paper and wondered what it would be like to collect data in the real world? Have you ever thought it would be interesting to interview real live human beings to get their insight on research questions you have? Have you ever wished you could devote a whole quarter to one research project instead of frantically cramming all your research and writing into the last two weeks? If so, this class is for you. If you are interested in finding out about the types of projects students are working on, come to our research panel on Wed Mar 12 from 3:30 to 5pm in Tho 234.

French 499 B, SLN 14265
5 credits
MW 1:30-3:20
Maya Smith, Asst. Professor
Conducted in English

Both theoretical and practical, this course covers the fundamentals of qualitative research methods. Throughout the course, we will discuss different forms of qualitative data (field notes, interviews, participant observation), explore various types of data analysis (thematic, content, discourse analysis), and learn how to code our data. With the tools acquired in this course, students will design and implement a small-scale qualitative study as well as analyze some of the data collected. The primary goal of this course is to train students in developing research questions, conducting fieldwork, and analyzing qualitative data. This course is taught in English and requires no background in French. No prerequisites.

The class is open to majors and non-majors alike. Please note that the typical prereqs for 400-level courses are listed on the schedule, but we can override that. If you would like to sign up, please or with your name and student number, and we’ll get you enrolled.

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