701-0729-00L  Social Research Methods

SemesterSpring Semester 2022
LecturersM. Stauffacher, A. Bearth, M. Marti
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentOnly for Environmental Sciences BSc.



Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
701-0729-00 GMethoden der empirischen Sozialforschung2 hrs
Mon10:15-12:00CAB G 61 »
M. Stauffacher, A. Bearth, M. Marti

Catalogue data

AbstractThe aim of this course is to convey methodological principles of social science research and thus to encourage critical reflection on social science findings. The course provides an insight into the concrete procedure and methods of guideline-based interview techniques and questionnaire research.
ObjectiveThe students can
- describe the importance of method-based procedures in social science.
- explain basic principles of social science research.
- critically read reports in the media on the results of social science research.
- conduct small interviews and questionnaire surveys.
ContentAll participants commit themselves to active participation in the form of three exercises (guideline-based interview, creation of questionnaires, survey and evaluation of questionnaires).

Content overview:
(1) Why empirical (social) research?
(2) Overview of the research process, linking qualitative and quantitative methods
(3) Guided interviews: creating guidelines, conducting and evaluating them
(4) Questionnaire: Develop hypotheses, create questionnaire, conduct, analyse data, and present results.
Lecture notesThe lecturers work with slides that are handed out as handouts.
LiteratureThe following book can be recommended as supplementary reading:
Bryman, A. (2012, 4th edition). Social research methods. New York: Oxford University Press.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersM. Stauffacher, A. Bearth, M. Marti
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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Restrictions

PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupEnvironmental Sciences BSc (727000)

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ProgrammeSectionType
Environmental Sciences BachelorCompulsoryOInformation