Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM063: Qualitative Methods in Social Research

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:



Case selection and the comparative method

Process tracing

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

Historicism and Interpretivism

Discourse and content analysis


Focus groups

Participatory research


Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity2211x 2 hour seminars (lectures and student presentations)
Guided independent study40Directed readings
Guided independent study20Preparation of presentation
Guided independent study68Coursework completion - conducting research, analysing data, writing the finished product

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).


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