top of page

qualitative methods

This is a class about asking and answering questions with qualitative methods. Qualitative methods provide important tools for Geographers exploring human-environmental relationships, the socio-political production of space and place, and the spatial production of the social world. In this quarter you'll learn how to develop research questions and explore a variety of approaches to qualitative research such as interviews, oral histories, participatory and community engaged research, participant observation, ethnography, and archival research. You'll develop a research topic and question, practice different methods, and interpret, analyze, and present your findings. Throughout the course we'll center a politics of knowledge, asking what “counts” as knowledge and who is empowered to produce it? We will draw out connections between theory and method, through a focus on feminist, political, and Black geographies.

Screenshot 2023-10-10 at 10.05.27 AM.png
a sample of scholars we'll engage this semester from left to right: Ruth Wilson Gilmore, W.E.B. DuBois, Laura Pulido

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

  • Expand and deepen your knowledge of qualitative research methods;

  • Examine the politics of knowledge and knowledge production; 

  • Explore case studies of qualitative research in human geography;

  • Discuss contemporary issues in qualitative methods, including power, ethics, and positionality;

  • Develop a working research topic and question(s);

  • Put these methods into practice (to the best of our ability);

  • Interpret, analyze, and present your findings;

  • Reflect and share with each other on the experiences, challenges, and insights of using qualitative methods.

bottom of page