Qualitative Communication Research Methods

This module is designed to help students understand what qualitative communication research is, the role it plays in the development of communication theories and applications, and the steps in carrying out qualitative research projects. It covers fundamental concepts in qualitative research design, sampling strategies and protocol development, data collection, data analysis, and evaluation. This module also introduces basic concepts of qualitative methods such as interpretation, meaning making, co-construction, and performance. A set of field-based experiences will be designed to give students opportunities to become familiar with specific forms of qualitative data gathering such as in-depth interviews, focus groups, and ethnography.

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