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Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:1.00
Study Course Information
Course Code:SVUEK_011LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:6.00ECTS:9.00
Branch of Science:Sociology; Theory and History of SociologyTarget Audience:Medical Services
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Inese Stars
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
The Head of Structural Unit:Ģirts Briģis
Contacts:Rīga, Kronvalda bulvāris 9, svekatrsu[pnkts]lv, svekatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67338307
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (number)12Lecture Length (academic hours)4Total Contact Hours of Lectures48
Classes (number)12Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes24
Total Contact Hours72
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Research methodology, knowledge of social sciences (sociology, social anthropology, psychology), public health.
To provide information to students about qualitative research methodologies, the ideological nature of the diversity of methods and application possibilities in public health, health care. Present qualitative research philosophical paradigm, research principles and widespread use. Show basic strategy review, which is necessary for qualitative research. Develop a critical understanding of the qualitative research advantages and disadvantages.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Application of qualitative research, especially - in health care research.Classes4.00auditorium
2History of qualitative research, philosophical foundations. Definitions of qualitative research.Lectures6.00auditorium
3Qualitative and quantitative research: commonalities and differences. Idea of mixed method research.Lectures4.00auditorium
4Qualitative and quantitative research: commonalities and differences. Idea of mixed method research.Lectures2.00auditorium
5Qualitative and quantitative research: commonalities and differences. Idea of mixed method research.Lectures4.00auditorium
6Specific attributes of qualitative research.Classes4.00auditorium
7Qualitative research in the era of evidence - based science.Lectures4.00auditorium
8Qualitative research in the era of evidence - based science.Lectures2.00auditorium
9Qualitative research in the era of evidence - based science.Lectures4.00auditorium
10Research paradigms in qualitative reseach: phenomenolgy, grounded theory, etnography, case study.Lectures8.00auditorium
11Phenomenological, grounded theory, etnographic, case study resarch in health care.Classes8.00auditorium
12The design of qualitative research: research problem, purpose, question. Sample issues. Purposeful sample.Lectures8.00auditorium
13Developing teh research problem, purpose statement, research question in qualitative resarch.Classes4.00auditorium
14Development of the question protocol for a semi - structured qualitative interview.Classes2.00auditorium
15Interview as qualitative research method.Lectures4.00auditorium
16Focus group discussion as a research method in qualitative research.Lectures2.00auditorium
17Participant observation as a research method in qualitative research.Lectures2.00auditorium
18Data analysis in qualitative research. Thematic analysis.Lectures4.00auditorium
19Thematic analysis - practical work.Classes2.00auditorium
20Validity and reliability issues in qualitative research.Lectures4.00auditorium
21Ethical aspects in qualitative research.Lectures4.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
1. Independent work with literature to gain an in-depth knowledge of qualitative research. 2. Independent work with the scientific literature - scientific articles, which reflect the research on health issues and where qualitative research methods were used. Searching in databases, reading the article, description and a description of it. 3. Developing of question protocol for semi-structured qualitative interview. 4. Making a thematic analysis of an interview transcription.
Assessment Criteria:
Tests during the course of learning for routine control of knowledge and skills. Independent work carried out in groups, and the presentation of it in the audience during the course of learning. Submitted homework (individual independent work). Written exam on the subject of study of learning (combined examination - multi choices and free response answers questions).
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:To describe the philosophical assumptions of qualitative research, to recognize and identify the main types of qualitative research, to explain the differences in the type of study, its offered research opportunities and the suitability of a particular research problem, to organize the study design stages, to tell about reliability and validity theoretical aspects, including the problems associated with the reliability of qualitative research and their possible solutions, to explain the ethical issues in qualitative research.
Skills:To choose a most appropriate types of qualitative research for concrete scientific problem, to defend their research ideas, to generate and formulate the research problem, objectives, and the question / s, choose the correct sampling method; create an in-depth interview question protocol, to make thematic text analysis in given interview material, to discuss (analyze) the studies that used qualitative research methods.
Competencies:Student will have acquired competence to develop a qualitative study design, by integrating social knowledge in public health science and practice.
1Green J., Thorogood N. (2008) Qualitative Methods for Health Research. SAGE Publication, London.
2Pope C., Mays N. (ed.) (2006) Qualitative Research in Health Care. Blackwell Publishing.
3Cropley Arthur (2002) Qualitative Research Methods: an Introduction for Students of Psychology and Education.
4Ulin R.P., Robinson E.T., Tolley E.E. (2005) Qualitative Methods in Public Health: a Field Guide for Applied Research. USA.
1Creswell. John W. (1998) Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Traditions. SAGE Publications. Thousand Oaks. London.
2Silverman D. (2000) Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook. SAGE Publications. Thousand oaks.
1žurnāls „Qualitative Health Research”