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209.41 sec. 1 - Interview Methods (Spring 2011)
Instructor: Kristin Luker (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: M 10:00-12:40
Meeting Location: 2240 Piedmont
Course Start: January 10, 2011
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49483
A 1956 article in the American Journal of Sociology claimed that "Sociology has become the science of the interview." Many other methods have made similar and plausible claims in the intervening half-century, but interviewing--asking people questions about what they do and think and why they do and think that way--remains a cornerstone not only of sociology, but of virtually all of the empirical sciences of human behavior. This course briefly examines the history of the interview as a method of data-gathering, examines the epistemological assumptions on which it is premised. It explores the different kinds of interviews (how does an interview differ from a legal deposition or a survey?), and teaches a range of interview methods and skills for successful interviewing.Students will be required to be engaged in a research project that includes interviewing methods, either an on-going one or one designed specifically for this class.
This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.
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