“Sociological weekends” – qualitative methods

Good news! We have launched a series of summer workshops on methods in social sciences!


We invite you to our first summer “sociological weekend” on quality methods on August 4th – one of the most popular areas of research in social sciences and business. Qualitative methods allow you to better understand the context, get insights about your audience, explore sensitive topics, study elusive phenomena – feelings, emotions, deep meaning, which people use.


We will learn the techniques and pitfalls of the interviews and focus groups, and we will analyze the texts and language by the method of discourse analysis. Qualitative and quantitative methods are not opponents, they are friends who complement each other. We will talk about how to combine them in real practice, and explore what are mixed methods.


Target audience


These workshops are not for full newbies. They need minimal knowledge and experience. Our goal is not only to teach you new things, but also to deepen your knowledge; to demonstrate the real challenges faced by researchers; share experiences and have fun.



Pay attention! This is only the first workshop. We have planned a whole series of workshops from different methods. We conducted a survey, talked with students and colleagues and tailored the program to your preferences. We will have a separate block of high-quality methods, as well as several blocks of quantitative methods.


The participants of the workshops will be able to freely choose the units of study. They will be able to choose a specific method for themselves or visit all classes. Follow our schedule.


Our meetings will be held in a convenient format. We will meet on weekends (only one day off) and work intensely. One day will be devoted to one topic.



Workshop Audience


  • Master program’s students and postgraduate students of different social sciences specialties (economics, psychology, sociology, political science, international relations, history, etc.);
  • marketing, sales, HR, advertising, communications specialists, analysts, etc;
  • media researchers, online social networks researchers;
  • analysts of civic organizations;
  • journalists who work with data;
  • future specialists in data analysis.



Basic requirements for school participants:


  • basic knowledge of MS Office;
  • knowledge of research terminology: poll, sampling, focus group;
  • basic English (some literature and links will be in English).



What to take with you:


  • own laptop;
  • installed free software, recommended by faculty.




You will get maximum benefit from the workshop if you:


  • want to develop your researcher’s career and engage in more complex analysis;
  • doing scientific work, but getting stuck with data analysis;
  • you must test a complex hypothesis, but you do not know how;
  • want to study social sciences abroad and want to better prepare;
  • want to change specialty and move towards data analysis;
  • you regularly order research from specialists, but do not understand how to evaluate their quality.



What do you get?


  • skills to work with specific methods of data analysis;
  • ability to organize and conduct an interview or focus group;
  • writing scripts for interviews and analysis of received texts;
  • practical skills in working with data from different formats.




Victoria Alieva, MPhil in Sociology, the University of Cambridge, sociologist of media and culture that studies the interaction of people with media and technology, social movements and their media practices, as well as general social changes due to media and technology progress.


Timofii Brik, PhD – sociologist, Kyiv School of Economics. Studied and worked at Utrecht University and Carlos III University, trained at Stanford University. Received the Fund’s Award to them. N.V. Paninina “The best young sociologist of 2018”.

Kateryna Ivashchenko, PhD – sociologist, Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; expert on international research projects, Horizon 2020, INTAS, European University Institute, UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, UNDP and others. Studying social change, migration, and mobility. At the Central European University in Prague studied with the famous English anthropologist Ernest Gellner.



Price – 1400 UAH



Registration and payment: https://kse.ua/events/?eid=5466


To talk with a program manager:


Vitalii Zaiets