Research Methods: Interviewing
Full course description
In this skills-training students are familiarised with the craft of qualitative, semi-structured interviewing. An introductory lecture will focus on the methodological advantages and disadvantages of interviewing as a research method and on the practicalities of doing interviews. Students will practice the craft of interviewing, recording, transcribing and analysing data through doing interviews themselves and analysing these in small groups. The work of students is closely supervised in practice sessions and through extensive feedback by the tutors and their peers. Please note that this is an elective skills training and available places may be limited; in period 4 students choose two out of the four offered skills of 3 ECTS each.
At the end of this course, students will have gained: • An insight into methodological advantages and disadvantages of interviewing; • First hand experience in conducting and analysing interviews, based on data gathered by the students themselves; • An understanding of how to use qualitative interviewing as a social science research method.
Rubin, H. J. & Rubin, I.S. (2012). Qualitative Interviewing. The Art of Hearing Data. (3rd edition). London: Sage