1. Week 1 - Lecture, 12 July: Introduction to the Sociology of Knowledge 2 items
    1. The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge - Peter Berger, Thomas Luckmann 1966

      Book Required This is essential reading. If you are only going to read one reading this course, make it this one.

    2. Trust in Numbers: The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life - Porter, Theodore 1996

      Book Required The reading is chapter 1: 'A world of artifice'. After clicking on the title, click on the 'Access the e-book' button.

  2. Week 2 - Tutorial, 16 July: Assessment Planning; Writing Literature Reviews 1 item
    For this tutorial, please read the literature review guide and literature review exemplar, which can both be found on Blackboard in the folder for Assignment 1, accessible from the Assignments tab. You do not need to read the Dawidowicz book for class, but it may be useful for more information on literature reviews.
  3. Week 2 - Lecture, 19 July: Philosophy of Social Science 1 item
    The reading for this class is quite dense but will be very useful for the class test at the end of the course. For the book chapter, after clicking on the title you can then click on "review digitisiation in another window" and that will get you to the chapter.
    1. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research - Norman Denzin, Yvonna Lincoln 2011

      Book Required

  4. Week 3 - Tutorial, 23 July: Developing Research Questions and Interview Templates 1 item
    The following readings may be useful for interview preparation. Click on the title and then on the web address and it will take you to chapter 2. Other chapters in this book may be worth browsing through as well, especially chapter 8 on question design and probes.
  5. Week 3 - Lecture, 26 July: Kaupapa Māori Research 1 item
  6. Week 4 - Tutorial, 30 July: Kaupapa Māori Research; epistemic in/justice 1 item
    This tutorial will work with the reading from the previous lecture, and additionally the Linda Tuhiwai Smith chapter.
    1. Decolonizing Methodologies : Research and Indigenous Peoples - Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (1999) 2012

      Chapter Required

  7. Week 4 - Lecture, 2 August: Critical Theory and Social Constructionism 3 items
    For this session we have three readings. You should read the reading form the Handbook of constructionist research and the reading from the Philosophy of the social sciences. The Crotty reading is for those who want another reading on critical theory. To access the article click on the title and then click on the DOI.
    1. Handbook of Constructionist Research - James Holstein, Jaber Gubrium 2008

      Book Required

  8. Weeks 5 and 6 - Tutorials and Lectures, 6, 9, & 13 August: Student PowerPoint Presentations 1 item
    1. These tutorial and lecture slots will be dedicated to student PowerPoint presentations.

  9. Week 6 - Lecture, 16 August: Knowledge and Power - Ideology 1 item
  10. Week 7 - Tutorial, 3 September: Choosing Research Methodologies 1 item
    The required reading for this class is the Dew article, a relatively simple, although a little light, overview of qualitative methodologies. For a more in depth overview, refer back to the Lincoln, Lynham and Guba reading from lecture 2.
  11. Week 7 - Lecture, 6 September: Guest Lecture: Researching Collective Memory (Brent Neilson) 1 item
    1. Cultural Codes – Who Holds the Key? - Jenny Hyatt, Helen Simons 01/1999

      Article Recommended To access this article, click on the DOI link.

  12. Week 8 - Tutorial, 10 September: Data Coding Techniques 1 item
    1. Analysing Qualitative Data - Graham Gibbs 2007 (electronic resource)

      Book Required The reading for this class is Chapter 4: Thematic Coding and Categorizing. Follow the link to the eBook then choose chapter 4 from the contents list.

  13. Week 8 - Lecture, 13 September: Assessing Qualitative Research; Academic Freedom and the Politics of Research 4 items
    For the assessing qualitative research lecture read the Suzanne Day article. For the politics of research lecture, read the Adam Hedgecoe article. The Zepke and Martin articles are supplementary readings on the limits to academic freedom.
  14. Week 9 - Tutorial, 17 September: Data Interpretation 3 items
    There are two required readings for this class, both from the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis (an excellent resource for your reference). Neither reading is very long or very dense. The Roulston chapter gives an overview of the process of analysing interview data specifically, and the Willig chapter gives an overview of interpretation more generally. Both include useful sections on different approaches to analysis/interpretation used by different methodologies.
  15. Week 9 - Lecture, 20 September: Peer Review Exercise 1 item
    1. The lecture time will be spent completing the peer review assessment.

  16. Week 10 - Tutorial, 24 September: Essay Workshopping 1 item
    1. There are no assigned readings for this tutorial.

  17. Week 10 - Lecture, 27 September: Researching Central Banking (Jack Foster); Researching Utopianism (Georgia Lockie) 3 items
    The required reading for this class is Derek Layder, Chapter 5: 'From Theory to Data: Starting to Theorise.' The link takes you to the ebook, from there you can access the chapter. The other readings are optional, but give some context for the content of each of our lectures.
    1. Policy Paradigms, Social Learning, and the State: The Case of Economic Policymaking in Britain - Peter Hall 1993

      Article Supplementary This reading relates to the lecture on studying knowledge construction in central banking.

  18. Week 11 - Tutorial, 1 October: Revision of Core Course Themes and Concepts 1 item
    1. There are no assigned readings for this tutorial.

  19. Week 11 - Lecture, 4 October: Creative Social Science - Introduction to Psychoanalysis 1 item
    1. There are no assigned readings for this lecture.


      However, for those who are interested we recommend: 

      • For an introduction to Lacanian psychoanalysis: Bruce Fink, The Lacanian Subject (New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1995).
      • For a classic work of social theory that draws on Lacanian psychoanalysis: Slavoj Zizek, The Sublime Object of Ideology (London: Verso, 2009 [1989]).