Methods and techniques of Qualitative Research - 2nd semester


To develop specific skills in the application of qualitative methods and research techniques in social sciences with focus on sociology.
To empower students with epistemological, methodological, technical and ethical devices to allow them to know and to discuss potential and limits in the use of various methods and techniques for the collection, treatment andanalysis of qualitative data.
To discuss process experiments and empirical research designs, already developed or ongoing.
To guide the students in the choice and use of methodologies and techniques most appropriate to their research objects, supporting them in building and planning of methodological strategy to be adopted in their research projects.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rui Santos


Weekly - 2

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese with teacher supervision in FL




Bibliografia geral/General readings
Denzin, N. K., & Lincoln, Y. S. (Eds.). (2000). Handbook of qualitative research, Thousand Oaks, Sage.
Della Porta, D. & Keating, M. (Eds.). (2008). Approaches and methodologies in the social sciences: A pluralist perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Ezzy, D. (2002). Qualitative analysis: Practice and innovation. Londres: Routledge.
Glaser, B. G., & Strauss, A. L. (2009). The discovery of grounded theory. New Brunswick: Aldine Transaction.
Grawitz, M. (1990). Méthodes des sciences sociales. Paris: Dalloz.
Lee-Treweek, G., & Linkogle, S. (Eds.) (2000). Danger in the field: Risk and ethics in social research. Londres: Routledge.
Marshall, C., & Rossman, G. B. (2010). Designing qualitative research. Los Angeles: Sage.
Olivier de Sardan, J.-P. (2008). La rigueur du qualitatif. Louvain-La-Neuve: Bruylant –Academia.
Pais, J. M. (2008). Sociologia da Vida Quotidiana, Lisboa : Imprensa de Ciências Sociais.

Teaching method

Sessions organized with the teachers and ivited specialista to raise the awareness of students about the relevance of qualitative methodologies in the research process, stimulating them to a critical understanding of their use and the challenges they will meet in the context of their research projects.
The sequence of sessions aims at ensuring an integral approach of the main qualitative research methods, as well as of transversal topics as those related with ethical protocols.

Evaluation method

A written essay by the student either presenting, justifying and discussing a methodological strategy to be followed in his/her dissertation project, or discussing one one of the methodological strategies explored during the semester, based on critical review of the literature.

Subject matter

1. Epistemology and methodological pluralism in Sociology: the potential of qualitative methods
2. \"Sampling\" and case seletion in qualitative research
3. Ethnographic approach: observation on the ground and field diaries
4. Uses of memory; archives and documental sources; oral history and biographical approaches
5. Mixed methods research
6. Online research methodologies
7. Uses of image and visual technologies
8. Interviews and discussion groups: diversity of procedures
9. Participatory methodologies and action-research
10. Content analysis procedures


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