Fundamentals of Empirical Social Research (ILV)


Course lecturer:

Mag.a Dr.

 Barbara Covarrubias Venegas

Specialization AreaIntercultural Management
Course numberB4.06365.33.021
Course codeESR
Semester of degree program Semester 3
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits3,0
Language of instruction English

Upon successful completion of the course, students can:

  • explain empirical social research and what it encompasses;
  • explain the steps of theory making;
  • understand and apply different types of research (descriptive, explorative, verification of hypotheses) and research methods to collect social data (analysis, observation, survey, experiment),
  • explain the characteristics and possible ways to apply qualitive and quantitative research,
  • explain the process of empirical studies,
  • create a suitable sample,
  • explain the criteria and possible application of basic instruments of qualitative research (qualitative analysis, qualitative interview, focus groups discussion),
  • create a guideline for holding qualitative interviews,
  • analysing results of qualitative interviews,
  • explain the criteria and possible application of basic instruments of quantitative research (survey, observation, experiment)
  • create a questionnaire for a quantitative survey,
  • independently conduct analyses of quantitative research.

  • Definition, purpose, methods and application of empirical research
  • Formulating theories and hypotheses
  • Types of research and methods
  • Research process
  • Characteristics of qualitative methods
  • Characteristics of quantitative methods
  • Sampling procedures
  • Key tools of qualitative social research
  • Key tools of quantitative social research
  • Evaluation of qualitative data
  • Evaluation of quantitative data

Mildred L. Patten (2005) Proposing Empirical Research: A Guide to the Fundamentals. Rittenhouse Book Distribu. 4th Edition
David A. Buchanan (2011) The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Research Methods. Sage.