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Wed 24 Oct, Wed 31 Oct, Wed 7 Nov 2018
14:00 - 16:00

Venue: 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 3

Provided by: Social Sciences Research Methods Programme


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Doing Qualitative Interviews

Wed 24 Oct, Wed 31 Oct, Wed 7 Nov 2018


Face-to-face interviews are used to collect a wide range of information in the social sciences. They are appropriate for the gathering of information on individual and institutional patterns of behaviour; complex histories or processes; identities and cultural meanings; routines that are not written down; and life-history events. Face-to-face interviews thus comprise an appropriate method to generate information on individual behaviour, the reasons for certain patterns of acting and talking, and the type of connection people have with each other.

The first session provides an overview of interviewing as a social research method, then focuses on the processes of organising and conducting qualitative interviews. The second session explores the ethics and practical constraints of interviews as a research method, particularly relevant when attempting to engage with marginalised or stigmatised communities. The third session focuses on organisation and analysis after interviews, including interpretation through coding and close reading. This session involves practical examples from qualitative analysis software. The final session provides an opportunity for a hands-on session, to which students should bring their interview material (at whatever stage of the process: whether writing interview questions, coding or analysing data) in order to receive advice and support in taking the interview material/data to the next stage of the research process.


1. Conducting qualitative interviews

2. Ethics and practical constraints

3. Practical session: interpretation and analysis


Number of sessions: 3

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Wed 24 Oct 2018   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 3 map Caroline Lanskey
2 Wed 31 Oct 2018   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 3 map Caroline Lanskey
3 Wed 7 Nov 2018   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 3 map Caroline Lanskey
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