This course teaches principles and practical skills of qualitative methods in an interactive seminar format. Participants will learn how to design and carry out qualitative research by drawing on weekly background readings and writings, critical case-study discussions, and practical class exercises. They will also take part in the design, implementation, and reflective evaluation of a local research project that involves practical, hands-on experience. The first part of the course will focus on the foundations of qualitative research, including epistemological and ontological assumptions, an overview of methods and their strengths and challenges, standards for quality, and tools for critical assessment of insights derived from these methods. The second part of the course will be dedicated to learning how to design qualitative studies, develop data collection instruments, create data management strategies, and approach data analysis. Students will utilize an identified, community-based interest to inform their qualitative studies. In the final part of the course, students will implement the studies they have designed and gain experience interviewing, analyzing, and disseminating qualitative research. Students should have exposure to research methods in social or health sciences prior to enrollment in this course. *At this time, NUTR 0310 is not scheduled to be offered in Spring 2017. Common substitutions are: PH 0221 (0.5 credit; first half of the semester) and PH 0225 (0.5 credit; second half of the semester) by cross-registration through Public Health.
Qualitative Research Methods for Nutrition
NUTR 207 or NUTR 206/NUTR 209 and either NUTR 204 or NUTR 210, or instructor consent.
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