Switzerland, Lugano

Qualitative Interviewing

online course
when 17 August 2020 - 21 August 2020
language English
duration 1 week
fee CHF 700

The following workshop will be held by Professor Bergman during Week 1 (17 - 21 August, 2020).

Workshop contents and objectives
The aim of this workshop is to examine different aspects of interview strategies and data analysis techniques, including: the variations, possibilities, and limits of interviewing techniques; assumptions and biases during the interview process; construction of an interview schedule from a research question; question and interview schedule design; reliability and validity issues relating to the interviewing and analysis process; analysis of interview material with an emphasis on coding frames and interpretive methods; interviewing within a mixed methods research design; strategies of reporting research results from interviews for scientific publications.

Throughout the week, daily exercises on how to collect and analyze interview material will be an important part of the course. The participants are invited to work on their own interview data during the course.

Prerequisites
No particular prerequisites are required. However, a background in the social sciences or related fields and preparatory readings are highly recommended.

Course leader

Max Bergman is Chair of Social Research and Methodology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. His main research focus is on sustainable business-society relations.

Target group

Everyone who is interested; there are no formal requirement. Note that many workshops have some prerequisites.

The Summer School workshops are conceived for those who need to deepen and widen their methodological knowledge and skills for their work, research projects and (PhD) theses: students, junior and senior researchers, practitioners from academia and outside academia at any stage of their careers whenever the need for further training in methodology arises.

Course aim

The aim of this workshop is to examine different aspects of interview strategies and data analysis techniques, including: the variations, possibilities, and limits of interviewing techniques; assumptions and biases during the interview process; construction of an interview schedule from a research question; question and interview schedule design; reliability and validity issues relating to the interviewing and analysis process; analysis of interview material with an emphasis on coding frames and interpretive methods; interviewing within a mixed methods research design; strategies of reporting research results from interviews for scientific publications.

Credits info

The Summer School cannot grant credits. We only deliver a Certificate of attendance, i.e. we certify your
presence

If you consider using Summer School workshops to obtain credits (ECTS), you will have to investigate at your home institution (contact the person/institute responsible for your degree) to find out whether they recognize the Summer School, how many credits can be earned from a workshop/course with roughly 35 hours of teaching, no graded work, and no exams.

Make sure to investigate this matter before registering, if this is important to you.

Fee info

CHF 700: The Summer School in Social Science Methods is financed through participant’s fees.

There are two fees:

Reduced fee: 700 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for students (requires proof of student status).
Normal fee: 1100 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for all others.
These fees includes also participation in one of the preliminary workshops (two-day workshop preceding the Summer School).
To qualify for the reduced fee, you are required to send a copy of an official document that certifies your current student status or a letter from your supervisor stating your actual position as a doctoral or postdoctoral student. Send this letter/document by e-mail to methodssummerschool@usi.ch.
CHF 1100: The Summer School in Social Science Methods is financed through participant’s fees.

There are two fees:

Reduced fee: 700 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for students (requires proof of student status).
Normal fee: 1100 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for all others.
These fees includes also participation in one of the preliminary workshops (two-day workshop preceding the Summer School).
To qualify for the reduced fee, you are required to send a copy of an official document that certifies your current student status or a letter from your supervisor stating your actual position as a doctoral or postdoctoral student. Send this letter/document by e-mail to methodssummerschool@usi.ch.

Scholarships

As the Summer School is financed through participant’s fees alone and has no funds of its own, it cannot offer any scholarship, grants or financial aid.