In-depth interviewing is a widely used method for data collection in the social and human sciences. It is the method of choice for research projects that aim to explore people's experiences, motives, opinions and perspectives in their depth and richness and without constraining the respondents' answers by a priori categories or pre-set reply options. In political science in particular, it is often also used for the purpose of reconstructing processes and events. A yet less frequent, but equally interesting use of interviews is to use them as tools for accessing collective and cultural discourses. Although generally structured by a topic guide, in-depth interviews allow for flexibility and openness throughout the interview interaction and are based on open and non-leading questions that are designed to get the interviewee to talk freely and at length, and to explore the width and depth of his or her views and experiences.
The workshop will for the most part consist of a mixture of lectures and practical exercises. If there are participants who are already engaged in a research requiring qualitative interviews, we can also make space for some presentations of these projects. Participants who would be interested in giving a 10-15' oral presentation on their research would please contact the instructor by 1st May.
About the lecturer
Dr Lea Sgier is a senior researcher at the University of Applied Arts and Sciences (Social Work) and a senior lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
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.
Please note that further details can be found in the longer course description as download.