Mixing it up: Understanding and using mixed methods research in social sciences
Date: 2 May – 27 June 2017
Overview: An online course for researchers which critically discusses mixed methods approaches to social science analysis. While including a strong conceptual and theoretical component, the course aims to be very practical. It analyses the key advantages and challenges of mixed methods research by critically discussing a series of examples of mixed methods research "in action" at different social science departments at the University of Oxford. Throughout the course, participants will be encouraged to share, explain and discuss the methodological challenges of their own research. The final online workshop will provide an opportunity to present and discuss emerging research proposals with the course tutor and other participants. The course is primarily (but not exclusively) targeted at researchers who are developing their research plans.
The course will run over eight weeks. Participants can expect to engage with and contribute to the course for around 15 hours per week. Additional time to prepare for wider reading and assignment preparation is also required. The list of units is as follows:
Week 1: Online induction
Week 2: Varieties of mixed methods research: a critical introduction
Week 3: The first question: Why (not) mixed methods?
Week 4: A simple plan: how to design a mixed methods research project?
Week 5: Mixing it up? Analysis, interpretation and write-up
Week 6: Dissemination and 'impact': who cares about mixed methods research?
Week 7: Study week
Week 8: Synchronous online tutorial to present student’s research proposals
Early-bird rate (applications must be received by 2nd April): £750.00
Standard course fee: £945.00
Student rate (for students outside University of Oxford): £450.
Dr Ariel Lindorff (tutor) and Dr Martin Ruhs (director)
Please visit our website at www.conted.ox.ac.uk/mixing17