FASS513 Approaches to Qualitative Analysis: A Workshop for Second and Third Year PGRs

Module description

This module addresses issues associated with the analysis of qualitative research materials. It is designed specifically for research students who:

  • are in the mid to later stages of their projects,
  • have some understanding of the principles of qualitative research (eg those who have already taken FASS510: Qualitative Research Methods)
  • have already collected some data of their own.

The aim is to combine a) examination of the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research; b) exposure to a range of approaches to qualitative analysis; and c) advice on practical management of research materials (e.g. iterative refinement of research design and analysis, how to go about analysing observational and interview materials, how to integrate heterogeneous forms of data).

This module relies on students:

  1. being able to bring their own examples and work on them in class, and
  2. being able to attend most or all of the classes.

Please contact the convenor if you know that you will be missing one or more of the classes.

Aims and objectives 

The syllabus will be organised around the following 'core' issues:

  1. What is involved in constructing an analysis? Epistemological/ontological issues in qualitative analysis, including questions of validity, evidence, and generalisability.
  2. Approaches to working with qualitative data, including ethnographic materials, interview transcripts, recorded conversation/interaction, web data, textual, visual and historical materials.
  3. Political, ethical, and reflexive issues in qualitative data analysis and presentation.

Reading list

Required Readings (indicative list)

Abell, J. & Myers, G. (2008), Analyzing Research Interviews, in Wodak, R. & Krzanowski, M (eds) (2008), Qualitative Discourse Analysis in the Social Sciences, Basingstoke, Palgrave

Clifford, J. (1986). Introduction: Partial Truths in Clifford, J. & G. Marcus (eds) (1986),Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography, Berkeley, University of California.

Goodwin, C. (1994) Professional Vision. American Anthropologist 96 (3): 606-633.

Suchman, L. (2000) Organizing Alignment: A case of bridge-building in Organization, 7, 311-327.

Suchman, L. (2012) Configuration. In Inventive Methods, Celia Lury and Nina Wakeford (eds.) London: Routledge, pp. 48-60.

Timing and Location




10/06/19 - 13/06/19

Number of sessions:

4 days

Timing and Location:

Mon/Wed/Thu: 10.00-12.30 and 1.00-4.00 Bowland North Seminar Room 20


9.00-12.00 Bowland A064 Computer Lab

1.00-4.00 Bowland North Seminar Room 20


Additional information

Minimum quota: 6