880489 :Research Skills: Research Interview and Narrative Analysis


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Lectures and Seminars (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Group paper (50%) and short written exam (50%) (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:3 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Enrollment via Blackboard before start of lectures
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dr. J. Van Der Aa (coördinator)

Doel van de cursus

In this research module, students learn the basics of ethnographic fieldwork practice with a specific focus on how to handle complex qualitative interview data.

Inhoud van de cursus

Narrative is one of the default modes of human communication. When we enter into ethnographic fieldwork, narrative (in the form of stories, anecdotes, interviews) is often the primary source of data. We take a look at a solid theoretical corpus on narrative (lecture 1), analyze an ethnographic `case study' (lecture 2) and bring into the picture the complex frames under which narratives in fieldwork come about (lecture 3). Examples are drawn from asylum seekers, refugees, school children, patients, social workers and so on. The second part of this module is about the reconstruction of narrative: how can we start with an ethnographic analysis after transcription? We learn how to see narrative devices at work in someone's story (workshop 1); we link these together to discover particular meaningful patterns (workshop 2); and we come to bring out someone's `voice' in the end (workshop 3). In other words: how can we present the stories from our fieldwork in such a way that our informants can be heard on their own terms, instead of ours?


The three practical workshops require obligatory attendance, because students will be asked to perform, discuss and submit a team task, consisting of empirical work.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Charles Briggs, Learning How To Ask. selected chapters
  2. Dell Hymes, In Vain I tried to Tell you. selected chapters
  3. Erich Fromm, The Art of Listening. selected chapters
  4. Some self-chosen journal articles in the field of narrative studies

Verplicht voor

  • Master KCW: Jeugdliteratuur ( 2015, 2016 )
  • Master KCW: Management of Cultural Diversity ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )

Mogelijk interessant voor

  • Bedrijfscommunicatie en Digitale Media ( 2015 )
  • Communicatie-Design ( 2015 )
  • Human aspects of Information Technology ( 2015 )
  • Data Journalism ( 2015 )
  • Communication and Information Sciences ( 2015 )
  • Master KCW: Art, Media and Society ( 2017 )
  • Master KCW: Jeugdliteratuur ( 2017 )
  • Master KCW: Ritual in Society ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Master KCW: Global Communication ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Language and Communication (research) ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )