Comprehensive Research Methods and Techniques


1) Understand the main methods of collecting qualitative information;
2) Understand the main techniques of qualitative content analysis and their mode of application;
3) Select techniques of qualitative research appropriate to different research situations;
4) Plan and apply comprehensive research techniques to elementary research situations;
5) Execute operations of qualitative research;
6) Communicate in a rigorous and meaningful way the procedures and results of qualitative research.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Luís Miguel da Silva de Almeida Chaves


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Bardin, L. (1995). Análise de conteúdo. Lisboa: Edições 70.
Creswell J. W (2007). Qualitative Inquiry & Research Design. Londres: SAGE.
Guerra, I. C. (2006). Pesquisa qualitativa e análise de conteúdo: sentidos e formas de uso. Estoril: Principia.
Flick, U. et al. (Eds) (2004). A Companion to Qualitative Research. Londres: SAGE.
Marvasti, A. (2004). Qualitative research in sociology: an introduction. Londres: SAGE.

Teaching method

Teaching methodologies include theoretical lectures (50%) and practical classwork (50%), individual tutorials and clarification of doubts by e-mail and through Inforestudante. The theoretical sessions are aimed at transmitting the syllabus, being open to critical participation of students.The practical classes aim to launch and support the development of two practical assignments. The first of these exercises aims to promote contact with the ethnographic research method; the second with the various techniques involved in conducting and analyzing in-depth interviews. The two practical assignments are conducted in groups.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Methodologies - The evaluation comprises a written test on all the subjects taught in the lectures (40%), a practical group assignment focusing on ethnography(25%), a practical group assignment using the various techniques involved in conducting and analyzing in-depth interviews(35%)

Subject matter

1 Comprehensive research in sociology and qualitative methodologies
2 Module A (Ethnographic research method)
2.1 Ethnography as a methodological strategy: specificities and history
2.2 Basic Principles, potentialities and limitations of research based on the ethnographic method
2.3 Stages of an ethnography
3 Module B (In-depth interview)
3.1 The interview as a methodological strategy: specificities and history
3.2 Definition of interview and its combination with other methodologies
3.3 Definition of the interviews according to the objective of the research and the "freedom degree"
3.4 The application of the interview: interviewing methods, techniques and instruments.
3.5 Qualitative analysis of the interviews
3.6 Content analysis software. Using the MAXQDA software


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