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400015 SE Interpretive Methods of Social Research (2021S)

SE Methods for Doctoral Candidates

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. 15 participants
Language: English



This compact course will be held over six days within a two week period in May 2021.
Montag, 17. Mai: 11-13, 15-17
Dienstag, 18. Mai: 11-13, 14-16
Donnerstag, 20. Mai: 11-13, 14-16
Freitag, 21. Mai: 10-13
Donnerstag, 27. Mai: 10-13, 14-16
Freitag, 28. Mai: 10-13


Aims, contents and method of the course

This compact course, held entirely in English, familiarizes doctoral students with a range of theoretical and practical issues in contemporary interpretive practice.Throughout the semester, we will discuss various aspects of qualitative research, such as the history and ethics of interpretive work; variations of interviewing (including go-alongs); key characteristics of ethnographic observation; the rise of visual, participatory, and alternative qualitative methods; and well as interpretive data analysis and writing. The main goal of the course is to provide hands-on training and introductory experience in a variety of interpretive research methods.

Assessment and permitted materials

Course assignments include attendance and participation, readings, in-class presentations, practical research exercises, and a final paper. The final paper will be a concise proposal for a future study (on a topic of choice) using both established and innovative interpretive methods.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

All oral and written assignments must be completed.
Attendance and Participation: 10%
In-class presentations: 20%
Research Exercises: 40%
Final Paper: 30%
All assignments will be evaluated via percentage points.
Grading scale: 90% and above: 1 (A), 80% and above: 2 (B), 70% and above: 3 (C), 60% and above: 4 (D), 59% and below: 6 (F).

Examination topics

All required coure readings and exercises, additional literature found by students.

Reading list

Required Books:
(1) Corinne Glesne. 2016. Becoming Qualitative Researchers: An Introduction. Fifth Edition. Boston: Pearson.
(2) Robert M. Emerson, Rachel I. Fretz, Linda L. Shaw. 2011. Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes, Second Edition. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
(3) Howard Becker. 1998. Tricks of the Trade: How to Think about your Research While Doing It. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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