Course structure

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This online course will take you approximately ten hours of core study time to complete. You can take a break at any point and come back to it.

There are eight sections in the course, plus a concluding section where you reflect on what you have learned and how you can put your learning into practice. You will undertake a range of learning activities, including watching videos, reading online text and accessing offline materials.

The course includes a film focus feature that enables you to learn from experienced researchers who will discuss a diverse range of creative, qualitative methods and methodologies that have been used to try to redress power inequalities in social scientific and organisational research.

Throughout the course you will find stories from the field that are based on Indian research students’ experiences of doing qualitative research with participants who are marginalised, oppressed or exploited. The students use video, photographic and research diaries to reflect on how they engaged with research participants and gathered data, and to reflect on how these experiences led them to question or re-evaluate their understandings of ‘good’ or ‘rigorous’ research.

You will be invited to keep a learning diary as you complete the course. Make sure that you save all of your responses after you write them. At the end of the course you will be able to export your learning diary responses in a PDF document as a record of your learning on the course by clicking on ‘Download your answers for the documents on this course’ in the left-hand column of this website.

Throughout this course you will find photographs of scenes of everyday organisational life and work in India. These aim to complement the text and offer context. By seeing such scenes, you should be able to relate the theoretical concepts and practical ideas for doing empowering research to the everyday, and situate your understandings in either the Indian context or another context that you are more familiar with.

By the end of the course you will have an understanding of empowering methodologies in organisational research and an appreciation of how these ideas may be related to your own research.

Having completed the course you will be able to obtain a Statement of Participation, which can be retained as further evidence of your learning.

How to gain a Statement of Participation

To achieve a Statement of Participation for studying this course you will need to be enrolled on the course and meet the following criteria:

  • Read each section of the course material

When you have successfully achieved the completion criteria you will receive an email notification that your statement has been awarded and it will appear in the achievements area in your profile. Please note it can take up to 24 hours for a statement to be issued.

Who is the course intended for?