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KGLM 2050 - Doing Qualitative Research on Urban Policies

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course provides an introduction to qualitative research methods in urban research. It aims at developing research skills for students interested in urban sociology and urban policy analysis. This methodological teaching provides the tools for understanding and conducting in-depth research on a variety of issues ranging from the daily interactions in the metropolis to the multi-level governance of cities.The course will offer an insight on how to construct a research question from the observation of events and situations and how to build an appropriate research design to answer this question. For this purpose, the use of different research tools will be addressed, from the different interviewing methods to the observation and the exploration of documentary sources. The learning of these techniques will be provided through readings, collective discussions, and by taking part of a fieldwork on one aspect of the Paris metropolis.


  • BOISSEUIL, Clément L. (PhD Candidate, CEE - Sciences Po)
  • CASEAU, Anne-Cécile L. (Doctorante)
  • COUSIN, Bruno N. (Professeur à Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

12 sessions of 2 hours.

Course validation

Individual evaluation (50% of final grade) : class attendance 10% ; two observation memos 20% ; transcripts of two interviews (20%). Collective evaluation (50% of final grade): critical review of papers by groups of 2/3 students 15% ; final paper around 40,000 signs 35%.

Required reading

  • BECKER H. S., Tricks of the Trade: How to Think about Your Research While You're Doing It, Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998, p. 239
  • OCEJO Richard E., Ethnography and the City: Readings on Doing Urban Fieldwork, New-York : Routledge, 2012, p. 272
  • GERRING John, Case Study Research, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007, p. 278