[Geography and Geoscience] Social Research Methods


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Course name Social Research Methods
Course type Lecture + Exercise
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Faculty Mathematical and Natural Science
Examination office Geography and Geoscience
Short summary

The module contains two parts:

1.A practical seminar on qualitative methods of social research and on strategies of interpretation.

2.A practical seminar on social survey design and basic methods of data analysis

Content: Basic principles of social research methodologiesEpistemological background of qualitative research:

  • Hermeneutics and interpretation
  • How to conduct qualitative social research
  • Making use of in-depth, focus group, semi-structured interviews, (participant) observation, visual imaginary interpretation, participatory research, field work in different cultures, internet mediated research, diaries, mixed methodologies
  • Strategies of analyzing and representing qualitative data Epistemological background of quantitative rese-arch:  Critical rationalism
  • How to design and conduct questionnaires and surveys
  • Strategies of processing, analyzing and representing statistical data

Information about study level

Study level Master
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Information about credit points, evaluation and frequency

Evaluation Seminar paper
Frequency Summer semester

Information about teaching language

Teaching language English
Minimum language requirement B1
Further information on the teaching language Better B2

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Information about course content, reading list and additional information

Course Content The module will give a general overview over the basic methodologies and their epistemological back-grounds. The students should be able to translate general research questions into appropriate researchdesigns. They should be able to practically conduct qualitative and quantitative research methods. Theyshould be able to assess the appropriateness of different methods and to show critical judgement wheninterpreting results of social research studies
Reading list Hennink, Monique; Hutter, Inge & Baily, Ajay (2011): Qualitative Research methods. Los Angeles.•Yin, Robert K. (20094): Case Study Research – design & methods. Los Angeles.•Delyser, Dydia (Hg.) (2010): The SAGE handbook of qualitative geography. Los Angeles.•Fink, Arlene (2003): The survey handbook. Thousand Oaks.•Tashakkori,  Abbas;  Teddlie,  Charles  (Hg.)  (2010):  Sage  handbook  of  mixed  methods  in  social  &behavioral research. Los Angeles
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