PhD course

Life History Research and Qualitative Interviews with Focus on Pierre Bourdieu`s

  • ECTS credits7
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeMEDSYKVIT
  • Resources

Course description

Language of instruction


Course content

The students are given knowledge and insight in how interviews were used as a tool by Pierre Bourdieu and his co-workers, how interviews are used in current research, how life histories are reconstructed using Bourdieu´s concepts and theories, and how other researchers use this tool in their empirical studies.

Learning outcomes


After completing the course, the students should be able to

  • Know about Bourdieu´s theory, his concepts and how his approach in the interview situation could be used as a tool in researching social practices


After completing the course, the students should be able to

  • Explain how life history and qualitative interviews in this tradition differs from other qualitative research traditions

General skills

After completing the course, the students should be able to

  • explain the use of life history and qualitative interviews as tools in praxeological approaches

Study period


Specific terms

Form of assessment

Oral presentations and written essay. Pass/fail

Who may participate


Addtional information


Didactical assessments: The course will consist of a combination of lectures and presentations of current/on-going work from researchers and students.

Further, the reading list will be the basis of written and oral assignments and presentation of essays during the course.

The research course´s total size awards the students 7 credits, and correspond to 9 weeks of work (40 hours per week), 200 text pages per week for 7 of the weeks (1403 pages in total). In addition, the students are to write an essay, estimated to take 2 weeks of work


Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care

e-mail: studie@igs.uib.no

Course coordinator: Karin Anna Petersen

Reading list

Available through Mitt UiB

Study period