Excerpt from course description

Qualitative Methods: Data and Analysis

Introduction

Qualitative studies usually focus on phenomena and processes that are subjected to intense, in-depth studies and analysis. Examples are organizations (or parts of them), decision processes, negotiations, a discourse, an event, an action, a procedure, a statement etc. Qualitative data and qualitative analysis usually play a major role in such studies.

The course provides an overview over types of qualitative approaches and techniques, including the art and craft of doing observations, interviews and document analysis. Data gathering can be viewed as implementation of research strategy, where case selection, categories for description and analysis are closely connected. Various approaches and techniques must be linked to an overall understanding of the research process as an iterative process of moving between the empirical field and the world of theory.

The course emphasizes the relationship between formulation of research problem, design, data gathering, analysis, reporting and publishing. This is particularly important for successful application or development of theory. During the course, the participants will get practical training in developing tools for data gathering, practice both interviewing and observations, and get experience with analyzing qualitative empirics. They will also learn more about the publishing process and about what responding to demanding reviews may entail. In addition to lectures and discussion, the participants will present and receive feedback on how to apply qualitative methods in their own projects – related to planned or ongoing data gathering and/or analysis.

Course content

The course takes place over 5 intensive days (36 teaching hours).

In addition, one day for individual feed back

The course starts with a one-day session – to introduce overall perspectives and plan for individual preparations and presentations as part of requirement for the course.

The second and third session are held in the subsequent weeks.

In addition to lectures and discussion, the participants will present and receive feed- back on how to apply qualitative methods in their own projects – related to planned or ongoing data gathering or analysis.

The exam will be a 15 page paper – where course participant will be asked to identify and discuss one or a few main options/ challenges related to design, data collection and/or data analysis.

A compendium is available on the net.

An additional reading list for each session will be made available. Articles on google scholar.

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