Research Methods: Interviewing
Full course description
In this skills-training students are trained in the craft of qualitative, semi-structured interviewing. Students will practice the craft of interviewing, recording, transcribing and analysing data through doing interviews themselves and analysing these in small groups. Lectures address the methodological advantages and disadvantages of interviewing, techniques for developing and conducting qualitative interviews, and approaches to coding qualitative data. Practical sessions serve to discuss techniques, student experiences and offer opportunities for extensive feedback by tutors and peers. Students will compile and present a reflective portfolio of interview materials. 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.