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Course Objectives

Examination of the paradigmatic underpinnings that drive research in interpretivistic traditions. Integrative study of the role of theory, various theoretical traditions and methods within interpretivistic science and technology studies research. Emphasis on classic and contemporary literature and on conducting primary research across the various fields represented by the Science and Technology Policies Program.


This course is an introduction to qualitative methods of social research. This course addresses both the practical “how to” dimensions of qualitative methodology and method, and the epistemological and theoretical commitments and stances that are tied to these methods. The course will (1) provide students with an introductory understanding of qualitative inquiry in the social sciences; (2) provide an opportunity for students to learn how to conduct and critique research that uses qualitative methodology; (3) understand research ontologies and epistemologies driving qualitative research perspectives that include certain assumptions about humans; (4) provide an opportunity for students to conduct fieldwork and begin using tools for data collection such as interviewing, focus group interviews, field-based observations; (5) analyze qualitative data. At the conclusion of the course you should have an introductory knowledge of the use of qualitative methods.