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230068 UE Qualitative Methods: Participant observation, interview and artefact analysis (2020W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Update 1.11.2020: der Termin am 11.11.2020 findet ebenfalls digital statt
Update 18.11.2020: der Termin am 13.01.2021 findet digital statt.

Wednesday 07.10. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Wednesday 14.10. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Wednesday 21.10. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Wednesday 28.10. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Wednesday 04.11. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Wednesday 11.11. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Wednesday 18.11. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Wednesday 25.11. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Wednesday 02.12. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Wednesday 09.12. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Wednesday 16.12. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Wednesday 13.01. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Wednesday 20.01. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Wednesday 27.01. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course will present three central methodological approaches to qualitative social research: observation, open interview, and artifact analysis. The methods will be empirically tested and practiced on the basis of a concrete question. Qualitative social research follows on from understanding sociology, which deals with the meaning of social action from the point of view of the actors in the various areas of everyday life and which interprets this meaning on a scientific level. On the basis of the theoretical background of qualitative empirical social research, an understanding of the methodological implications should be developed, since methods cannot be thought independently of scientific questions and theoretical assumptions. The entire research process will be practiced, from the survey and evaluation to the presentation of results. In reflection, topics such as the role of the researcher in the research process and pragmatic decision-making problems in the research process or how to deal with unforeseen difficulties will be discussed.

Assessment and permitted materials

Participation (attendance) 10%.
Presentation of a method 20%
Submissions to the practical exercises (transcripts, observation protocols, interpretation protocols): 60%.
Written reflection report: 10%.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

attendance (max. 3x absence), participation, submission of all written work

Examination topics

Reading list

Bogner, Alexander, Beate Littig and Wolfgang Menz. 2014. Interviews Mit Experten: Eine Praxisorientierte Einführung. Wiesbaden: Springer.

Eisewicht, Paul. 2016. "Die Sicht Der Dinge: Konzeptualisierung Einer Ethnographischen Artefaktanalyse Anhand Der Frage Nach Der Materialität Von Zugehörigkeit." Pp. 111-28 in Materiale Analysen: Methodenfragen in Projekten, edited by N. Burzan, R. Hitzler and H. Kirschner. Wiesbaden: Springer.

Hitzler, Ronald and Anne Honer, eds. 1997. Sozialwissenschaftliche Hermeneutik. Opladen: Leske+Budrich.

Honer, Anne. 1994. "Einige Probleme Lebensweltlicher Ethnographie: Zur Methodologie Und Methodik Einer Interpretativen Sozialforschung." Pp. 85-106 in Interpretative Sozialforschung: Auf Dem Wege Zu Einer Hermeneutischen Wissenssoziologie, edited by N. Schröer. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.

Lueger, Manfred. 2010. Interpretative Sozialforschung: Die Methoden. Wien: Facultas WUV.

Lueger, Manfred and Ulrike Froschauer. 2018. Artefaktanalyse: Grundlagen Und Verfahren. Wiesbaden: Springer.

Association in the course directory

in 905: Ausschließlich für das Pflichtmodul MA M Methoden

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