Empirical Social Research Methods
level of course unit
first cycle, Bachelor
Learning outcomes of course unit
• are familiar with different methods of acquiring academic knowledge and are able to formulate research questions in an appropriate way.
• are able to plan and apply methodical procedures in the research process.
• are able to design and apply appropriate procedures in the fields of selection, survey, data selection, data processing and evaluation.
• are familiar with quality criteria of quantitative and qualitative social research and are able to apply them correctly in the seminar and Bachelor theses.
prerequisites and co-requisites
Part A: Fundamentals of research process and research design
Empirical research process, deductive and inductive research approaches, phases of the research process, quantitative and qualitative research approaches and research methods.
Part B: Social data collection
Basic problem of operationalization, selection procedure; population and sample, data collection procedures: interview, observation, reconstruction, experiments.
Part C: Social data analysis
Categorizing methods, descriptive methods and context analyses, statistical methods.
recommended or required reading
Atteslander, P. (2010): Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung. 13. Aufl., Berlin u.a.: de Gruyter.
Bortz, J.; Döring, N. (2006): Forschungsmethoden und Evaluation für Human- und Sozialwissenschaftler. 4. Aufl., Berlin u.a.: Springer.
Schnell, R.; Hill, P.; Esser, E. (2013): Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung. 10. Aufl., München: Oldenburg.
Diekmann, A. (2010): Empirische Sozialforschung: Grundlagen, Methoden, Anwendungen. Reinbek: Rowohlt.
assessment methods and criteria
written examination and/or homework (scientific paper)
language of instruction
number of ECTS credits allocated
planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, group work, presentation and task discussion
semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered
name of lecturer(s)
Prof. (FH) DDr. Mario Situm
year of study
1.year of studies
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