Lugano, Switzerland

The Art and Science of Qualitative Analysis

online course
when 22 August 2022 - 26 August 2022
language English
duration 1 week
fee CHF 600

The aim of this workshop is to examine different aspects of non-numeric data analysis techniques, including: variations, possibilities, and limits of qualitative data analysis; assumptions and biases in qualitative research; data preparation for qualitative analysis; analysis of different types of non-numeric data (including interview transcripts, documents, newspaper and social media, diaries, non-financial reports, and focus group data). The analysis part of the workshop will mainly cover qualitative content and thematic analyses, but we will also touch on the role of qualitative research in case studies, grounded theory, transdisciplinary research, and within a mixed methods research design. Finally, we will recommend presentation and publication strategies for qualitative researchers.

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


A background in the social sciences or related fields, and preparatory readings are 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

This introductory course will teach participants when, how, and why to integrate a qualitative and a quantitative research component within one research design.

Credits info

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

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 600: Reduced fee: 600 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for students (requires proof of student status).

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
CHF 1000: Normal fee: 1000 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).


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.