Department of Educational Policy Studies

EDPS 681

Research Frameworks and Qualitative Methodologies

Instructor: Dr. Dia Da Costa

Time: Mondays 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Dates: January 8– April 13, 2018

Course Description:

This course explores the philosophical and epistemological underpinnings of selected research frameworks as well as relevant qualitative methodologies within the specializations of the Department of Educational Policy Studies. This course will train students in: a) understanding the conceptualization, differentiation, and application of key terms (e.g. theory, concept, fact), b) understanding and debating different research frameworks (e.g. phenomenological, historical materialism, transnational, decolonial) and related qualitative methodologies (e.g. narrative inquiry, political economy, ethnographic, discursive, community-based, activist-oriented), c) examining and debating key political, ethical, and analytical dilemmas in selecting among disparate and sometimes incommensurable research frameworks, and d) helping students select, justify, and take a critical relationship to a research framework of their choosing (along with some relevant methods) in relation to the study of a social phenomenon of students’ choosing.