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KGLM 2050 - Doing Qualitative Research on Urban Policies

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course provides an introduction to qualitative methods for urban research. It aims at developing research skills for students interested in urban sociology and urban policy analysis by providing them with the tools for understanding and conducting in-depth research on a variety of issues, ranging from everyday interactions in the metropolis to the multi-level governance of cities. It will offer insights on how to elaborate a research question from the observation of events and situations, and on how to come up with an appropriate research design to answer it. The use of different approaches, from interviewing techniques to ethnographic observation and the analysis of documentary sources, will thus be presented and experimented by the students. Indeed, the workshop and the required assignments will combine readings, collective discussions, and the organization and execution of a small field research on one aspect of the Paris metropolis.


  • CASEAU, Anne-Cécile L. (Doctorante)
  • COUSIN, Bruno N. (Professeur à Sciences Po)
  • SALVAIRE, Côme L. (Doctorant)

Pedagogical format

12 sessions of 2 hours.

Course validation

Individual evaluations (60% of the final grade): mini-report on two ethnographic books (10%); class attendance and participation (10%); two fieldwork observation memos (20%); two in-depth interviews (20%). Collective evaluation (40% of the final grade): final research paper (7000 words).

Required reading

  • EMERSON R. M., FRETZ R. I. and SHAW L. L., Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 2011 (2nd edition), 320 p.
  • BECKER H. S., Writing for Social Scientists, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 1986 (2nd edition: 2007), 208 p.
  • BECKER H. S., Tricks of the Trade: How to Think about Your Research While You're Doing It, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 1998, 239 p.
  • OCEJO Richard E. (ed.), Ethnography and the City: Readings on Doing Urban Fieldwork, New York, Routledge, 2012, 272 p.