Data Analysis Workshop

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Carrie Friese STC213


This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Sociology. This course is not available as an outside option.

Only available to sociology research students in the second and subsequent years of their MPhil/PhD.

Course content

Seminars will focus on doing data analysis using materials made and collected as part of PhD research. Each student will present data to the group at least one time.  Students may submit the following types of data: (part of) a qualitative interview to code OR a collection of interview sections coded as ‘X’ to be analysed according to a specified method (e.g., narrative analysis, grounded theory); fieldnotes for coding or for reflections on what is needed for ‘thick description’; an image or text to code or analyse according to a specified method (e.g., discourse analysis); a map of the research situation (e.g., situational analysis, network analysis); a regression analysis that requires interpretation, etc.  All students will be asked to read the data before the workshop. The workshop will start with the student briefly presenting their data and contextualizing it within their research question, data set and methodological approach. As a group, that piece of data will be closely analysed using the method specified by the student.


10 hours of seminars in the MT. 10 hours of seminars in the LT.

Fortnightly seminars in the MT and LT for all sociology research students in their second and subsequent years


There is no formal assessment, but participants are asked to present research materials, read other students’ research materials, and contribute to discussion.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2016/17: 27

Average class size 2016/17: 34

Value: Non-credit bearing

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