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SWKD 704. Introduction to Qualitative Methods. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. This course introduces students to theories, methods and practice in qualitative research. The goal is to draw on classic and contemporary theories and methods from interactionist and interpretivist traditions to better understand and effect change in the social world. Topics include philosophical foundations; question formulation; major approaches, i.e., narratives, ethnography, grounded theory, case studies and focus groups; and strategies for gathering, making sense of and applying evidence.