Jamie BaxterWestern Social Science

Qualitative Methods in Social Geography

This course introduces students to epistemological issues that distinguish qualitative from quantitative methods and provides an overview of several of the main types of qualitative research methods. It also considers ethical issues and data analysis and management challenges that are associated with qualitative research. Students will use the knowledge that they gain in this course to write a research paper.


News and Announcements

March 25/14 - Code Transcript

Code transcript -Code the first two pages of this transcript prior to class.Dec 3/08 Grades

March 24/14 Nvivo Software Demo

Here is the link to register if you want to follow along on your laptop in class.  There will be opportunity to type or verbally ask questions too: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/121530906

March 16/14 - Rigour and Counting Critique Circles

We will lead off the session this week with critique circles.  You will read each others' pieces on the "culture of Tim's" to assess quality.  Though you should read as many as possible, I have assigned you to groups, so focus on the two in your group first (jot down some notes, or mark up the piece with track changes and comments).  The groups are as follows (alphabetical order): 1) Emily A, Houda, Kaitlyn 2) Michael, Cliff, Jen; 3) James, Brittany, Sarah; 4) Mark, Emily M., Van; 5) Lydia, Caren, Jonathan, Germaine.  You do NOT need to upload a formal critique, just be prepared to discuss within your group.

March 14/14 - Readings Update

As I indicated in class yesterday, I have changed the readings for next week.  Specifically, I have removed three (they are now in strikethrough font) and I inserted the one about "new biker" culture, from the mini-ethnography assignment.  You MUST, ABSOLUTELY read ALL of the material and write the mini ethnography, described here. High quality conversation depends on you reading the material.  We have two empirical pieces to discuss next week, and the purpose is to think about them in terms of trustworthiness/quality/rigour. Likewise, you should be thinking about such issues as you write your mini ethnography.  What makes it good?

March 7/14 - Roll Your Own

We are all going to write an ethnography or grounded theory of Tim Hortons. Brittany and Emily's ethnography activity sparked some good discussion about what makes for good enthnography and we agreed to extend this into an improptu assignment in lieu of a future critical appraisal. The details are here.The syllabus is ready for use for Fall 2008. For the first class, I will go over the syllabus and clarify the goals of the course so you can decide if the course is right for you. Even if you are not registered for the course (yet) feel free to attend!

Jan 2/14 - Welcome 

Currently we have 13 registered for the course - a nice sized group for this course.  
First Class - is Jan 9, 2014 and is mainly organizational.  Be prepared to sign up for your presentation topic in this session.


Contact Information

Instructor Room Email
Jamie Baxter SSC 1407 jamie.baxter@uwo.ca


Lecture: Thursdays 9:30 - 12:30, SSC 5220