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Understanding Sociological Research Methods

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Rosie Nelson (University of Bristol) explores research methods comprehension in sociology. In the first lecture, we think about what a research method is, differentiating it from a methodology. In the second lecture, we think about the differences between quantitative and qualitative research. In the third lecture, we think about different sources of data when gathering from participants. Next, we think about the use of materials like documents and other forms of media in qualitative research. In the fifth and final lecture, we think about primary and secondary data and methods.

About the Lecturer

Dr Rosie Nelson is a lecturer in gender in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol. Dr Nelson’s research interests are in LGBTQ+ sexualities, trans and non-binary identities. Some of Dr Nelson’s recent publications include ‘What do bisexuals look like? I don’t know!’ (2020) and ‘Questioning identities/shifting identities’ (2020).