To adequately manage the wicked problems of planning, we need to grapple not only with quantifiable factors, but also with contextual variation and nuanced human experience of our places. This course explores the common practices of social qualitative research. It plays close attention to the ways that qualitative research can generate meaningful knowledge for planning and policy making, and to the specific research techniques that planners can use in their everyday work. The class is organized around a combination of lectures, discussion, and field exercises. through this course, students will become familiar with the theoretical underpinnings and techniques fo qualitative research. This class also addresses the uses, limitations, and ethical issues of qualitative research.