Foundations of Qualitative Research Methods
Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar
Research methods help us understand the world around us and make sense of why people behave the way they do or how phenomena or behaviour is embedded in our social reality. It is easy for us to understand the manifestation of the process through measurement, but what about when we are interested in how the process actually happens and culminates in the overall impact of a phenomenon under investigation - this is where the role of Qualitative Research becomes extremely critical and significant. The course has been designed in a manner to introduce students to the nature and scope of qualitative research methods so that they can understand the science of qualitative enquiry. They will also be learning the various methods of qualitative data collection like interviews, observation, ethnography along with techniques of data analysis like the content analysis, grounded theory approach, discourse analysis, and the like. Qualitative Research is a powerful approach to see how scientific enquiry and rigor brings to life something present in the field and very abstract - to something which is concrete, objective, and comprehensible.