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Qualitative interviewing – data collection and analysis

The aim of the course is to provide advanced theoretical and applied knowledge in the field of qualitative research interviews.

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The course places particular focus on interpersonal processes during interviews. The course provides advanced skills in the application of qualitative interview methods as data collection instruments, including strategies and prerequisites for qualitative data collection, ethical considerations in qualitative studies, transcription of interview data, and interpretation and analysis of interview data.

  • Course structure

    As a registered student on this course you will find detailed course information and communication in the learning platform Athena. Login with your university account.

    This course will be given in the second half of the semester, half-time studies.

    Course syllabus: Qualitative interviewing – data collection and analysis, 7,5 credits. Spring 2020.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures, workshops, interview exercises and supervised data collection.

    Attendance at all teaching sessions is mandatory.

    Course requirements/Mandatory components:

    • Written examination in the form of a take-home examination must be submitted in time as instructed by the course teacher.
    • The completion of certain mandatory components is required for students to participate in subsequent course components according to separate instructions in the course description.
    • The completion of the mandatory components is required for students to be eligible to participate in the written examination.

    The language of instruction is English and/or Swedish.

    For more detailed information, please refer to the course syllabus.

    Learning outcomes

    In order to pass the course, students are expected to be able to:

    • understand, analyse, discuss, compare and apply theories and models that were presented in the course;
    • demonstrate advanced skills in the application of qualitative interview methods for data collection;
    • demonstrate insights regarding ethical considerations related to data collection, data management and data processing;
    • plan and implement the collection of interview data;
    • transcribe interview data and perform a data analysis.


    The course is examined on the basis of active participation in workshops, interview exercises and supervised data collection, as well as a written take-home examination and a written assignment in the form of transcriptions of approved interviews.

    Examination will be conducted in English and/or Swedish according to the course teacher’s instructions.


    Course leader: Margareta Simonsson-Sarnecki,

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    A complete list of course readings is found in the course syllabus.

    The list is subject to change until two months prior to the start of the course. In case the new course syllabus is missing above by then, please check with the course leader before you buy any expensive books etc.

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