Qualitative Methods in Global South Studies
Qualitative Methods in Global South Studies
Anno accademico 2019/2020
- Codice attività didattica
- Elisa Bignante (Titolare dell'insegnamento)
- Corso di studio
- Master's Degree Course in Area and global studies for international cooperation
- 1° anno
- SSD attività didattica
- M-GGR/02 - geografia economico-politica
- Tipologia esame
- Tipologia unità didattica
- Corso integrato
- DOING RESEARCH AND FIELDWORK IN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION (CPS0372)
Sommario del corso
The overall purpose of this course is to prepare students for designing, managing and carrying out qualitative research projects in the Global South. In so doing the course aims at providing the skills and research competences required to operate in the context of international development, theme which is central to the Master's degree in Area and Global Studies for International Cooperation.
To achieve this there are three related aims: i) to develop the theoretical understanding and practical skills needed to define appropriate research questions, and make effective design and methods choices ii) to equip them to competently manage the organisational, technical, logistical, ethical, communication and safety aspects of research partnerships in the Global South iii) to embed the knowledge and skills through practice, and planning, critically reflecting on and communicating about real-world projects and applications.
Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi
By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:
1) Understand and use a range of qualitative fieldwork methods
2) Develop a research project - identify a research topic, problem and context, ground it through literature review, and define focused research questions
3) Plan qualitative research strategies - select a research design and appropriate methods, and know how to apply them in fieldwork collaborations in the Global South
4) Organise research fieldwork - plan, schedule, prepare for and manage project partnerships and activities including: materials, resources, equipment, and travel in reference to safety, language, environment, cultural context, finances and logistics
5) Prepare for fieldwork challenges and risks - anticipate likely problems and mitigate risks, critically reflect on ethical issues and responsibilities, prepare for ethical review, and consider how to adapt responsively as the research processes unfold
Communicate/pitch a research proposal - present research plans including rationale and case for focus, design, methods, organisation and risk management and mitigation.
- Introduction to fieldwork in global South contexts, including researcher positioning, reflexivity and diaries
- Qualitative research questions, research designs and methodological choices
- Literature review and texts as data
- Interview methods - approaches, skills and preparation
- Focus group methods - organisation, facilitation skills and topic guides
- Participatory, visual and performative methods, and documentation
- Intro to triangulation, qualitative analysis and quality evaluation
- Intro to innovative participatory research processes such as participatory video, digital story-telling, ground level panels, reality checks
- Intro to multi-country research partnerships and challenging research such as with highly marginalised groups or in unaccountable or contested contexts
- Developing and planning a research project
- Organising and managing fieldwork including building partnerships and research relationships, and technical and logistic aspects
- Ethics and ethics review
- Preparing for fieldwork challenges and mitigating risks
Modalità di insegnamento
This course is designed as active learning, to maximise the potential for students to successfully carry out research projects in real-world contexts. This means each topic will include introductory input, but will be largely delivered through workshops and participatory exercises in small groups. Knowledge and awareness will be developed through considering concrete qualitative research projects. Their skills in using methods and convening/facilitating participatory exercise will also be developed through experience during the classroom activities and exercises and reflection afterwards. Students will be expected to prepare for discussions and practical activities through undertaking key readings and tasks beforehand. They will also be required to continue and complete activities outside class time. In the second part students will be divided into groups, and will work together on planning a research project in the global South for the final exam.
All activities will be carried out in order to encourage students' self-evaluation and to reinforce the transversal skills indicated in the "Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi /Expected learning outcomes".
The illustrated teaching methods require frequent attendance by the students.
Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento
NON ATTENDING STUDENTS
The final test will consist in a written examination based on the textbook "Sophie Laws, Caroline Harper, Nicola Jones, Rachel Marcus, Research for Development. A practical guide. Sage, 2013, second edition. Students will be asked to answer to three essay questions (10 points for each answer). In answering to the three questions, the student must demonstrate a thorough and critical knowledge on the topic. The questions will be aimed at verifying the comprehension of the themes and concepts explored in the textbook and to assess and promote students' capacity to analyze, interpret and creatively discuss concepts.
The final test will consist in a written examination based on lecture notes and on supplementary materials provided in class, following the indications that the teacher will provide at the beginning of the course. Students will be asked to answer to three essay questions (10 points for each answer). In answering to the three questions, the student must demonstrate a thorough and critical knowledge on the topic. The questions will be aimed at verifying the comprehension of the themes and concepts explored during the course and to assess and promote students' capacity to analyze, interpret and creatively discuss concepts.
For attending students understanding of methodological theory and practice, and ability to manage a qualitative research collaboration in the global South will be assessed both through the final test and through a group project. The group project will consist of writing a research project in the global South. The research project will receive a group evaluation. Students will have to work together, the individual contribution will not be extrapolated. The evaluation of the group research project will average with the evaluation of the final test (with rounding up if the arithmetic mean is equal to .5). A self-evaluation of the group processes, will also be assessed. The group project will be run jointly with the module Research Tools and Methods in Socio-cultural Anthropology (and also coordinated with the course International Cooperation for Development: Practices and Project Design).
THE FINAL EVALUATION OF THE COURSE DOING RESEARCH AND FIELDWORK IN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION WILL CONSIST - BOTH FOR ATTENDING AND NON ATTENDING STUDENTS - IN THE ARITHMETIC MEAN OF THE FINAL EVALUATION OF THE TWO MODULES QUALITATIVE METHODS IN GLOBAL SOUTH STUDIES AND RESEARCH TOOLS AND METHODS IN SOCIO-CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (WITH ROUNDING UP IF THE ARITHMETIC MEAN IS EQUAL TO .5)
Attività di supporto
In order to stimulate the acquisition of the identified transversal competences, guided readings and debates on research methods and on the research process will be proposed. Students will also be asked to present and defend specific positions within role plays, and to present their reading and interpretation of specific themes to the classroom.
Researchers with key experties in the field of development research will be invited to share their experiences and materials and help students to carry on their research activities. During group work each group will also be supported individually by the teacher in elaborating its analysis (some lessons will be devoted to group work under the supervision of the teacher).
Testi consigliati e bibliografia
The textbook for non attending students is: Sophie Laws, Caroline Harper, Nicola Jones, Rachel Marcus, Research for Development. A practical guide. Sage, 2013, second edition.
Attending students will replace the study of the texbook with lecture notes and supplementary materials provided in class, following the indications that the teacher will provide at the beginning of the course.
- Apertura registrazione
- 11/01/2019 alle ore 15:30
- Chiusura registrazione
- 29/05/2019 alle ore 12:00