Welcome to An Introduction to Qualitative Methods

Description: As the study of many scientific, technological and educational processes touches upon human beings and society, qualitative research methods are important tools for approaching the understanding and interpretation of these phenomena. Although reseaching qualities is part of the way in which different natural sciences and fields of engineering address some of their objects of study, the dominance of quantitative methods is dominant in these fields. The qualitative research methodologies addressed in this course are rooted in the traditions of the humanities and social sciences. The palette of qualitative methodologies is broad and its uses are varied in diverse fields of research. The course is specially designed for students in the first year of their studies. The course is suitable for students whose project is at the intersection of sciences and technology, and the human/social fields as the object of study and concern involves people and their relation with science and technology.

The course aims at: Offering an overview of the main assumptions and issues at stake when carrying qualitative research. Providing a frame for discussing the students’ own methodological design. Providing feedback on students’ problems and necessities regarding their methodological design when involving qualitative research methods.

Organizer: Professor Lars Bo Henriksen, email: lbh@plan.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Lars Bo Henriksen, Professor Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen


Time: 28-30 August 2019, commencing at 09:00 hrs.

Place: Rendsburggade 14.3/3.429.

City: 9000 Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 7 August 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.