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Interviews and Oral History

Course Description

This practical course is intended for those wishing to use interviews and oral history as a strategy for data collection. This course will be structured as a series of seminars, combining lectures and projects in small groups. The course has three aims:
  • improve skills for those wishing to create recorded interviews as part of their data gathering
  • introduce processes involved in the preparation, conduct, and processing of recorded interviews
  • discuss questions relating to the dissemination, preservation, ethics, and budgeting of interviews and resulting materials
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • demonstrate basic interview methods
  • construct an interview strategy appropriate to their interests, reflecting on choices
  • identify key processes in the production, deposit, dissemination, and citation of recorded interviews
  • identify key legal, ethical and budgetary issues in recorded interviews
  • weigh advantages and disadvantages of different interview technologies

The course involves eight hours scheduled in two half-day sessions.

Any additional information relating to this course may be available here throughout the term.

"I found this course extremely useful in helping me think through the different skills necessary for conducting successful interviews and how I could develop them myself."

"This was excellent and really forced me to focus on exactly how I will go about my research."

"It was an excellent course, very informative, and full of useful practical advice about how to go about interviews in the real world - very good indeed."

"A great workshop for anyone having to conduct interviews in the course of their research."

Researcher Development Framework Categories

A1) Knowledge base

Course Recommended for

This course is particularly relevant to the following groups:

  • 1st Year Research Students
  • 2nd Year Research Students

Course Organisers

  • Course Tutor - Prof Joe Cain - (Science & Technology Studies)
  • Administrator - Ms Kasia Bronk - (Organisational Development)

Course Links


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