Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (QLRM)

Graduate Program (& Advanced Certificate) Status

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Course Description: 

This course introduces students to qualitative research methods from critical and practical standpoints.  First, we will explore and examine our own assumptions about truth and social reality and how these assumptions align and/or contrast with the epistemological traditions associated with qualitative research.  Based on this critical foundation we will venture into how qualitative research assumptions translate into concrete methods of data collection, with a particular emphasis on in-depth, open-ended interviewing.  In this approach, understanding how various actors perceive and articulate environmental phenomena provides analytical research insights into the dynamics of environmental issues.   Syllabus available with log-in on e-learning site here.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, students will have:

1)  acquired introductory masters-level methodological trining in qualitative research that supports student thesis research;

2)  developed a more critical understanding of their own assumptions about scientific research in the field of environmental studies; and

3)  strengthened their understanding of qualitative research and practical interviewing skills.


In order to pass this course, students must successfully complete the following:

  • Q & A In-class exercise (attendance, therefore, is necessary to pass this course!)
  • Interview transcript based on in-class peer interview (3 pages)