This course introduces the student to the theory and skills required to conduct qualitative research or naturalistic inquiry. Qualitative research takes the social world to be one that needs to be interpreted by the researcher in order to explain its meaning(s).

Social reality is considered to be constructed and produced through interpretation, and can therefore take on different meanings for different people. This process is an extension of what people do every day: they try to make sense of the actions and words of other people based on their own experiences and perspective on the world.