ekomex: Introduction to Interpretive Research

Content 

This five-day online course will introduce participants to interpretive research approaches and provide them with the skills to formulate and evaluate interpretive research questions and research designs.

What This Course is About?
Interpretivist research aims to uncover how social actors understand and experience the world that surrounds them. Understanding how social actors perceive the world is important, because humans’ interpretation of the world and situations shapes their actions. This five-day online course will introduce participants to interpretive research approaches and provide them with the skills to formulate interpretive research questions and research designs and evaluate interpretive research. We will cover topics such as foundations of interpretive approaches, developing research questions, quality standards as well as methods for generating and analyzing data.

Course Structure

  • 08:30-10:00: prerecorded lectures, quizzes, and other learning materials for independent consumption
  • 10:15-11:15: small group work
  • 11:30-12:30: office hour on zoom
  • 13:30-15:00: live online session on Zoom


Learning Goals
After the course students should be able to

  • Formulate interpretive research questions
  • Demonstrate knowledge on practical, ethical, and analytical concerns related to planning, doing, and presenting interpretive research
  • Account for, apply and critically assess different means of data generation in interpretive research
  • Account for, apply and critically assess different means of analysing data generated in interpretive research
  • Discuss and critically assess strengths and weaknesses of different interpretive approaches


Who is Your Instructor?
Mathilde Cecchini is an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. She specializes in interpretive research methods including ethnography, interpretive interviewing, discourse analysis and narrative analysis. She has taught PhD courses on these topics at her home institution and at the MethodsNet summer school.
Twitter: @MathiCecchini

Bildungszeit (can be claimed by employees in Baden-Württemberg) 
Anforderungen des Bildungszeitgesetzes Baden-Württemberg sind erfüllt
Course Management 
Fee 
460 EUR / Early bird 390 EUR / Please note: you will gain access to our learning management system Moodle only after having paid your course fee
ECTS Credits 
4
Contact for Questions 
Date 
06.03.2023 (All day)
07.03.2023 (All day)
08.03.2023 (All day)
09.03.2023 (All day)
10.03.2023 (All day)
Date Details 
This intensive 1-week course over 5 days entails 4h of online teaching activities per day plus online office hour, including a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous elements and small-group work. Moreover, students should plan for sufficient time to do the assigned daily homework and read the assigned literature in advance.