Fundamentals of Empirical Social Research I (ILV)

Course numberB4.06360.30.021
Course codeFundESR
Semester of degree program Semester 3
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits0,5
Language of instruction English

After successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the concept and scope of empirical social research,
  • Explain the stages of theory building,
  • Describe and classify the types of research (descriptive, explorative, hypothesis testing) and research methods used to collect social data (content analysis, observation, interview, experiment),
  • Explain the characteristics and possible applications of qualitative and quantitative research,
  • Describe the research logic of empirical studies,
  • Create a suitable sample
  • Explain the characteristics and possible uses of central instruments of qualitative research (qualitative content analysis, qualitative interviews, focus group discussions),
  • Create a guideline for conducting qualitative interviews,
  • Evaluate the results of qualitative interviews,
  • Explain characteristics and possible uses of central instruments of quantitative research (survey, observation, experiment),
  • Create a questionnaire for conducting a quantitative survey,
  • Conduct descriptive analyses of quantitative surveys independently

  • Concept, purpose, methods and areas of application of empirical social research.
  • Theory formation and hypothesis generation
  • Types of research and research methods
  • The research process
  • Characteristics of qualitative methods
  • Characteristics of quantitative methods
  • Types of sampling
  • Central instruments of qualitative social research
  • Central instruments of quantitative social research
  • Evaluation of qualitative surveys
  • Evaluation of quantitative surveys

Atteslander, P. (2003): Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung (10. Aufl.). Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter Verlag.
Bortz, J. & Döring, N. (2006): Forschungsmethoden und Evaluation für Human- und Sozialwissenschaftler (4. Aufl.). Heidelberg: Springer.
Friedrichs, J. (1990): Methoden empirischer Sozialforschung (14. Aufl.). Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.
Kromrey, H. (2009): Empirische Sozialforschung (12. Aufl.). Stuttgart: Lucius & Lucius Verlagsgesellschaft.

Moderated group work, lecture, discussion, case work

Integrative module examination
Assessment type: Continuous assessment
Assessment method/s: Participation in class, presentation, final written examination
Evaluation of module examinations:
25 % "Fundamentals of Empirical Social Research": Final written examination