Scientific Methods & Writing
level of course unit
second cycle, Master
Learning outcomes of course unit
Students will be able to understand and apply quantitative and qualitative methods. Furthermore, they will be able to draw up their own complex research and set it out methodically and correctly. Students will become familiar with the methods of quantitative and qualitative empirical social research, their strengths, weaknesses and areas of application. Through examples, they will develop the necessary expertise to be able to design surveys and interview guidelines and correctly analyse and evaluate data.
The practical development of the aforementioned knowledge will prepare students for the formal and methodological use of scientific propositions in their studies as well as in their future careers - the discussion and critical questioning of the scientific methodology of a task will also be taken into consideration.
prerequisites and co-requisites
A detailed look at the main methods of quantitative and qualitative empirical social research;
Introduction to data analysis using SPSS or equivalent programs. Design and application of qualitative methods.
recommended or required reading
Atteslander, P. (2010): Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung. 13. Auflage, ESV
Eco, U. (2003): Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Abschlussarbeit schreibt. 10. Auflage, C.F. Müller
Saukko, Paula (2006). Doing research in cultural studies: an introduction to classical and new methodological approaches. Sage Publications Ltd.
assessment methods and criteria
written examination (seminar paper)
language of instruction
number of ECTS credits allocated
planned learning activities and teaching methods
Integrated course, case studies, discussion, group work
semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered
name of lecturer(s)
Prof. (FH) Dr. Torsten Wojciechowski, MA
year of study
1. year of studies
recommended optional program components
course unit code
type of course unit
compulsory (seminar degree)
mode of delivery