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Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research

International doctoral course at Aalborg University, Denmark October 23rd to October 25th 2017

Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research

We are inviting doctoral students from Europe and beyond to participate in an interesting and highly qualified international doctoral course at Aalborg University, Denmark from October 23rd to October 25th 2017.

The course is expected to become a learning- and discussion platform for doctoral students in social work through both keynote presentations and discussions of student-papers.

Course description

The doctoral course will focus on methodological approaches within the qualitative tradition in social work research and is expected to give the doctoral students an advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of primarily new perspectives in social work research. Presentations and discussions will focus more specifically on new developments and methodological approaches in: The combination of  qualitative methods, Practice Research, Ethnomethodological Conversation Analysis, Life story Analysis and Institutional Ethnography and how these approaches fits with complex issues, challenges, problems and organizations in Social Work.

The course contains a mixture of keynote presentations related to the overall theme and workshops where doctoral students present and discuss their work with all participants under the guidance of and response from experienced researchers/keynote speakers.

To make it possible to network and exchange experience all participants will stay together at the same hotel close to the Danish seaside making it possible to network while enjoying the wild and beautiful nature at the same time.


Aalborg University, Denmark at Hotel Højgaarden, www.hojgaarden.dk


October 23rd to 25th 2017




Papers should be written in English

To be able to obtain 3 ECTS participant must send and shortly present a paper of minimum 2500 and maximum 3000 words.

To be able to obtain 5 ECTS participants must send and present an extended paper of minimum 8000 and maximum 10.000 words.

The papers are expected to include a short (maximum one page for short papers and maximum 3 pages for extended papers) description of the focus in your research and a longer discussion connected to the theme of the course. References from the course reading list are expected to be used.

Paper presentations include both a short oral presentation and a discussion based on the text. Small papers will be discussed in a group workshop containing short comments from a participating lecturer. Extended papers will be discussed in group workshops containing feedback from two participating lecturers.


April 18th 2017: Full program of the course is announced

June 16th 2017: Application for participation to Vibeke Bak Nielsen vibekebak@socsci.aau.dk

June 15th 2017: The organizers will tell whether your application has been accepted.

September 1st2017: Full papers – short or extended – to Vibeke Bak Nielsen vibekebak@socsci.aau.dk

Price and registration:

2.100 Danish kr. (285 euros) per student (includes participation at the course, stay in a double room at Hotel Højgaarden, all meals, coffee/tea, cake/fruit and transportation by bus between Aalborg Airport and Hotel Højgaarden Monday 23rd and Wednesday 25th)

All travel expenses to and from Aalborg Airport are defrayed by participants themselves.

registration here

ECTS points:

3 ECTS for participation all three days and writing/presenting a short paper

5 ECTS for participating all three days and writing/presenting an extended paper

Course committee:

Assistant professor Vibeke Bak Nielsen and Professor Lars Uggerhøj, Aalborg University, Denmark


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