Applying Qualitative Methods in Social Psychology and Developmental Social Psychology



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The course aims to get the students acquainted in detail with the application of some qualitative research methods, with data processing and with the methods of presenting research results.
One focus of the course is the interview technique: during the course we will examine when the interview technique should be applied and to anwer what kind of scientific questions. The course will address the technical questions of applying an interview, the details of the interpersonal dynamics of the interview situation, the non-quantitative content analysing techniques of data gathered during the interviews. The course also deals with the characteristics, technical requirements and ethical aspects of research interviews done with
The course also aims to deal with the associative techniques as frequently used qualitative methods in social psychology also in case of children, and with the methodology of constructing surveys with open-ended questions.
One of the key issues of qualitative researches is how qualitative data can be compared with quantitative data, and how these two methodologies can be combined. The course attempts to answer these in the light of the recent literature.

  • Millar, R., Crute, V., Hargie, O. (1992) Professional Interviewing. Routledge.
  • Weiss, R.S. (1994) Learning from strangers. The art and method of qualitative interview studies. The Free Press
  • Seidman, I. (2006) Interviewing as qualitative research. Teachers College Columbia University.
  • Todd, Z. et al (2004) Mixing methods in psychology. The integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in theory and practice. Psychology Press.
  • Greene, S. & Hogan, D (2005). Researching children’s experience. Approaches and Methods. London: Sage.