Qualitative Interviewing

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Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. Sarah Potthoff, Ruhr-University Bochum

Date: Monday, 10/09/18 – Wednesday, 12/09/18 (09.00-12.30 h)

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English


The purpose of this course is to familiarize participants with the basics of qualitative interviewing. The course introduces methodological and practical aspects of different forms of qualitative interviews like guided interviews, narrative interviews and focus groups. How are these different kinds of interviews different, what are their shared fundamentals, and what makes a good interview in which circumstance?

The course covers issues of research design, including the selection of research questions, methods, and sampling strategies. The participants will learn to conceptualize interview guidelines and to conduct interviews – guided as well as narrative interviews. In addition, frequent mistakes in conducting qualitative interviews and challenges of research ethics will be discussed.

Requirement of students: None.

Recommended literature and pre-readings: None.

You have to register for the 12th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.