Research Methods: Interviewing
Full course description
In this skills-training, you are trained in the craft of qualitative, semi-structured interviewing. You will learn through a hands-on approach, by arranging, preparing, conducting, recording, transcribing and analysing a research interview on a topic of your choice in small groups. Lectures and readings address the methodological premises, techniques for designing topic lists and formulate good questions, and approaches to coding qualitative data. Practical sessions serve to practice these skills, discuss your experiences, and offer opportunities for extensive feedback by tutors and peers. The assessment is a portfolio of your interview materials, analysis and reflections. 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 3ECTS 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.