Spring 2019 Course: COM 597 A – Interviewing for Social Research

COM 597 A (SLN 12419) – Interviewing for Social Research

Matthew Powers (Associate Prof., Communication) will offer a 5-credit graduate seminar, COM 597 A “Interviewing for Social Research” this spring on MW from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

“Interviewing for Social Research” is a methods class that introduces students to the strategies, issues and challenges associated with conducting interview-based research. Students will learn by doing: weekly exercises will help class members to design, develop, conduct, analyze and write-up an interview-based study. Course readings will immerse students in key debates regarding the use of interviews in social research.

Below is a tentative plan for the terrain Matt will cover over the 10 week quarter. The syllabus is still being made, but they are happy to share it with anyone when it’s complete.

  • Week 1: Course Overview, Identify RQ for quarter
  • Week 2: Validity and reliability in interview research
  • Week 3: Ethics and IRB
  • Week 4: Recruitment & sampling strategies
  • Week 5: Preparing for interviews
  • Week 6: Conducting interviews
  • Week 7: Issues that arise during interviews
  • Week 8: Preparing and organizing interview data
  • Week 9: Analyzing interview data
  • Week 10: Reporting interview data

If you have questions, please email the instructor at mjpowers@uw.edu.