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Interpretive Research Methods (RSS2.08) - Confirmed

This course introduces approaches from narrative methods to discourse analysis and the typical steps of the research process -from how to formulate interpretive research questions to how to present and document them. You will learn to ‘read’ texts while becoming familiar with contemporary thinking about interpretation, narrative method, and discourse analysis. During the course you will focus on narrative method, hermeneutics, phenomenology, discourse analysis, deconstruction method and hegemonic analysis.

Duration: one-week.



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    The course will operate on two interrelated dimensions, one focused on the methodological approaches to various types of interpretive research, the other focused on the practical techniques of data collection, coding strategies and interpretive strategies of analysis, writing, and presenting findings.

    Methodological, the course considers questions such as the following: 

    • What is ‘interpretive’ research? 
    • What questions is it best suited for? 
    • By what criteria does it meet or fail to meet the standards of scientific evidence? 
    • What are the roles of concepts in interpretive research? 
    • Can interpretive methods verify hypotheses, or only generate them? 
    • Can interpretive research explain social phenomena, or only describe them? 
    • Do interpretive analyses have a small-N problem? 
    • In what ways is interpretive research “grounded”? 

    Practically, the course considers questions such as the following: 

    • How do you ask the ‘right’ question to the ‘right’ material? 
    • What collecting techniques can be used to enhance the quality of the material?
    • What interpretive position should ground the research? What is the unit of analysis?
    • How do you organize the material and how do you ‘read’ it?
    • And how can you draw conclusions from your interpretive analyses?

    The course introduces a broad spectrum of interpretive approaches; however, the methodological focus will be on narrative method and discourse analysis. The explicit focus is chosen strengthen your general knowledge on interpretive methods as well as to give you a solid basis to choose the ‘right’ strategy of interpretation of your material. There will be daily lectures, group exercises and presentations.


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    24 June 2024, 9 am
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    24 June 2024, 9 am - 28 June 2024, 5 pm
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    Marie Østergaard Møller

    Marie Østergaard Møller

    Marie Østergaard Møller is an associate professor at the Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University, Denmark. Her research interests include state-citizen encounters, categorization, public policy and administration, vignette method, and interpretive methods. Marie works with research and development within systematic qualitative analysis, and categorization theory. Her work appears in different type of journals such as Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance: “Performance Measurement and Professional Decision making: A Resolvable Conflict?”, Journal of Mixed Methods Research: “Qualitative Vignette Experiments: A Mixed Methods Design”, Journal of Comparative Policy analysis: Research and practice: “The Dilemma between Self-protection and Service Provision under Danish COVID-19 Guidelines: A Comparison of Public Servants’ Experiences in the pandemic Frontline”, and in Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy: An approach to the development of comparative cross-National Studies of street-level bureaucracy”.

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    • Regular: €1049 (application deadline 13th of May)
    • Student & PhD's: €699 (application deadline 13th of May)

    Includes: your course, short morning and late afternoon courses, coffee and tea during breaks, a warm lunch every day, Official Opening, MethodsNET Café (including some drinks and snacks) Official Closing (with some drinks and snacks) and a 1-year (2024 calendar year) free membership as MethodsNET regular member.

    Excludes: transport, accommodation, social events and other costs. 

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    Level of participant: 

    • Master
    • PhD
    • PostDoc
    • Professional

    Admission requirements: 

    The course speaks to beginners of the interpretive discipline and beyond basic social science skills within qualitative methodology and social science scientific criteria there is no admission requirements.

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