Year 2017 Term Spring Day Tuesday Period 1 Credit 2 Code 110
Course Title Introduction to Questionnaire Survey and Interview
Major Common Subjects
Instructor(s) Ayako IDO
Purpose & Description

The main objective of this course is to help students acquire the basic knowledge and skills needed for conducting questionnaire surveys and interviews during fieldwork. This course first introduces students to various social research methods (both quantitative and qualitative), and then provides them with hands-on experience of fieldwork. The course comprises lectures, discussions, a questionnaire development exercise, interview exercises, and group work for the fieldwork and presentation.


Session 1: Course introduction

Session 2: What is fieldwork?; Introducing various social research methods (lecture); Forming groups for practical fieldwork

Session 3: Research designs (lecture); Group work

Session 4: Quantitative research methods (lecture); Exercise in developing a questionnaire (Group work)

Session 5: Qualitative research methods (lecture); Interview exercises

Session 6: Research data analysis; Report-writing of research results (lecture); Group work

Session 7: Procedures and preparation for fieldwork (lecture); Group work

Session 8: Research ethics (lecture); Group work

Session 9: Group work to prepare for practical fieldwork

Session 10: Fieldwork

Session 11: Fieldwork or research data analysis

Session 12: Group presentation and feedback (1)

Session 13: Group presentation and feedback (2)

Session 14: Group presentation and feedback (3)

Session 15: Course review

Texts & References

Handouts will be provided by the instructor.


Grading will be based on:

Class attendance and contribution to class discussions 30%

Individual short paper 10%

Group homework assignments 20%

Group presentation 20%

Group final paper 20%

Language(s) for instruction & discussion; Others

・This course will be conducted in English.

・Enrollment limit is 40 students. Priority for course enrollment is given to first-year master’s students who plan to participate in Domestic Field Work (DFW) and/or Overseas Field Work (OFW).

・The course schedule may change depending on the number of students enrolled.

・All participants must read the required reading materials before coming to each class.