RLB541 Introduction to Qualitative Research: Starting Fieldwork, Observation and Interview

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. et Mgr. Michaela Žáková (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jana Valtrová, Ph.D.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Sedlářová
Supplier department: Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Tue 19. 2. 16:00–17:40 B2.33, Tue 26. 2. 16:00–17:40 B2.33, Tue 12. 3. 16:00–17:40 B2.33, Tue 19. 3. 16:00–17:40 B2.33, Tue 26. 3. 16:00–17:40 B2.33, Tue 2. 4. 16:00–17:40 B2.33, Tue 9. 4. 16:00–17:40 B2.33, Tue 16. 4. 16:00–17:40 B2.33, Tue 23. 4. 16:00–17:40 B2.33, Tue 30. 4. 16:00–17:40 B2.33, Tue 7. 5. 16:00–17:40 B2.33, Tue 14. 5. 16:00–17:40 B2.33
Prerequisites (in Czech)
( RLA01 Introduction to Religion || RLKA01 Introduction to Religion )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 50 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 1/50, only registered: 0/50, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/50
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to familiarize students with fundamental issues of doing qualitative research. The course deals with the issues of starting fieldwork and basic qualitative methods: observation and interview. The course is particularly recommended for those who work on a qualitatively based bachelor's thesis or for those who plan to realize a field research.
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
  • choose an appropriate type of research problem considering the possibilities of qualitative research methods
  • clarify the potentials and limits of using qualitative research methods
  • realize qualitative interview and observation
  • prepare a relevant field notes and transcript of an interview
  • reflect ethical issues, clarify the potentials and limits of ones own position in the field and its consequences for the realisation of data analysis
  • Syllabus
    • Introduction to the course
    • The qualitative theory; formulating a research issues; the possibilities of analytical tools
    • Seminar discussion concerning the research problems
    • Starting fieldwork and ethical dimensions of research
    • Fieldwork: Observation
    • Seminar discussion: reflection of the doing observation; writing fieldnotes
    • Fieldwork: Interview
    • Seminar discussion: reflection of a doing interview; transcription of an interview
    • Time for guests: How is research viewed by participants?
    • How to write final reflexive report?
    • Work on writing the final reflexive report
    • Final evaluation of the course, consultations on the progress of writing the final reflexive report
      required literature
    • DVOŘÁKOVÁ, Tereza. Etnografie : improvizace v teorii a terénní praxi. Edited by Tereza Stöckelová - Yasar Abu Ghosh. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON), 2013. 250 s. ISBN 9788074191480. info
    • SILVERMAN, David. Ako robiť kvalitatívny výskum : praktická príručka. Translated by Martin Štulrajter. Bratislava: Ikar, 2005. 327 s. ISBN 8055109044. info
    • GEERTZ, Clifford. Interpretace kultur : vybrané eseje. Translated by Hana Červinková - Václav Hubinger - Hedvika Humlíčková. Vydání první. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2000. 565 stran. ISBN 8085850893. info
      recommended literature
    • KAUFMANN, Jean-Claude. Chápající rozhovor. Translated by Marie Černá. Vydání první. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON), 2010. 151 stran. ISBN 9788074190339. info
    • BERGER, Peter L. and Thomas LUCKMANN. Sociální konstrukce reality : pojednání o sociologii vědění. Edited by Radim Marada, Translated by Jiří Svoboda. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 1999. 214 s. ISBN 8085959461. info
    • EMERSON, Robert M., Rachel I. FRETZ and Linda L. SHAW. Writing ethnographic fieldnotes. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995. xviii, 254. ISBN 0226206815. info
    Teaching methods
    Lectures, seminar discussions, research tasks, final reflexive report
    Assessment methods
    The course will be completed by colloquium. Admission to the colloquium is conditioned by reaching at least 60 points during the semester:
    1) Submitting three written tasks based on the fieldworks, and its follow-up presentations at the seminars (max. 75 points)
    2) Activity in seminar discussions (max. 25 points)
    It is possible to obtain extra points for these tasks by participating in lectures and seminars.
    Colloquium has the form of discussion about student’ “final reflexive report”. The student must achieve at least 60 points out of 100.
    Language of instruction
    Follow-Up Courses
    Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
    The course is taught once in two years.
    Information on course enrolment limitations: Zápis mimo religionistiku je podmíněn souhlasem vyučujícího.
    Teacher's information
    Recommended are concurrent enrolments of the courses RLA24 Religion in Sociological/Anthropological Perspectives and RLA13 Introduction to Research Methodology in the Study of Religions

    The course is administrated in the ELF (https://elf.phil.muni.cz).

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