Description: The purpose of this course in the C-CART Graduate Certificate program is to provide an advanced working knowledge of theoretical approaches commonly applied in qualitative research focused specifically on the nuances of understanding and addressing substance use and substance use disorders. Qualitative research with people who use drugs requires consideration of particularly vulnerability, ethics, and participant confidentiality. The course will cover all stages of developing a substance use and substance use disorder focused qualitative research project to include project design; skills for conducting qualitative research with substance use providers and people who use drugs; practical approaches to qualitative data collection methods best suited to research on addictions; and analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of qualitative research within a culturally-centered, community-engaged paradigm. Qualitative approaches are particularly well-suited to community-engaged, inclusive, culturally focused research addiction and substance use because they are designed to understand and "give voice" to participants' own concerns, and to contextualize participants¿ own interpretations of how experience impacts behavior. Students in this course will learn qualitative approaches to gaining in-depth understanding of issues related to substance use and substance use disorders not easily captured through quantitative methods. Instructor consent required. Letter grade only.
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