The seminar aims to introduce doctoral students to key elements of qualitative data analysis. On the first day, we will introduce different types of qualitative data (visual and textual material), look into meaning-making practices and the relationship between language and reality, and discuss strategies of interpretation. Focusing on textual analysis in social science, concrete steps of different types of analysis (content analysis, framing, discourse analysis) will be introduced with an eye on their implications for the research process and research design. On the second day, we will address computer assisted qualitative data analysis introducing the software ATLAS.ti so that students learn how to set up a project, how to prepare and code data. In addition, we will leave some room to discuss individual students’ projects. The seminar is aimed at students who do (or consider doing) qualitative data analysis to get an idea of how to actually analyze meaning in texts and what key difficulties they should prepare to deal with. Students who do not work with qualitative data analysis will acquire a basic understanding of processes of text analysis so as to be able to constructively think about and discuss what other researchers do.
Nicola Nymalm is a research fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs’ Asia and Global Politics and Security programmes. Maren Wagner is acting academic director of the GIGA Doctoral Programme.
Please note that other external participants than the one mentioned in the target group above are asked to pay a small course fee. For inquiries please contact the GIGA DP Student Assistant.