Psychology 109: Qualitative Methods in Psychology 

Covers the principles of engagement in qualitative inquiry-with particular emphasis on observing, interviewing, and analyzing people in interaction. Classes take the form of a mix between lecture and discussion, supplemented by an individually conducted observation project, and an interview that is carried out as a small group project.

Course Materials:

Mark Sanford Interview

Transcript of the Interview



Edison Chen Interview

Transcript of the Interview segments


John Edwards’ Interview


Transcript of John Edwards’ interview segments


Psychology 257: Teaching PSYC as a Way of Learning

This First Seminar is for mid- and upper-level psychology majors who have taken PSYC 109. Students in PSYC 257 will serve as Peer Learning Assistants (PLAs) for PSYC 109, where the primary tasks will be to organize sections and classes around the following three inquiry-based tasks: (i) getting students actively involved in discussions in section and on Black Board; (ii) helping students to organize (and stay on top of) their observation projects; and (iii) support and guide a group of six students through an inquiry-based interview project. The goal for participants in PSYC 257 is to learn to conduct and guide small group projects and discussions and through this activity deepen their understanding of qualitative, inquiry-based, psychology. This will be achieved by weekly meetings to go over the experiences of PLAs and preparing the upcoming projects.

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