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209.41 sec. 1 - Interview Methods (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Kristin Luker  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: Th 10:00-12:40
Meeting Location: 2240 Piedmont

Course Start: January 12, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49520

Interviewing in the social sciences has a long pedigree, and over the last century social scientists of all stripes have tried to formalize and operationalize the techniques and philosophies involved. In recent years, however, post-modernism has problematized much of the process of interviewing, with the interview increasingly being seen as a “discursive” “performance” produced by the interviewer and the interviewee working together in a particular historical and social context.
What does this mean for social scientists who wish to study social life as something other than “text?” How do we build theory in the face of post-modern critiques?

This course examines these issues both as epistemological and practical concerns, and seeks to teach students how to conduct research interviews in a reflexive and rigorous way. It requires a final paper which may satisfy the JD writing requirement; consent of instructor is required.


This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.

Exam Notes: P
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Law and Society

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A reader will be used in this class.

Required Books are in blue

  • Constructing grounded theory
    Kathleen Charmaz
    Publisher: London ; SAGE, 2006.
    ISBN: 9780761973539
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $24.24
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Learning from Strangers
    Publisher: Free Press
    ISBN: 9780028741284
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • The long interview
    Grant McCracken
    Publisher: Newbury Park, Calif. : Sage Publications, c1988.
    ISBN: 9780803933521
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 12.94
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.

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