Methods of Empirical Social Research
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.
POL10100 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in winter semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Catalogue of soft-skill courses
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|180 h||60 h||6 CP|
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
* What is political science?
* Measurements, variables, probabilities and distributions
* Causality and causal inference
* Survey, field, and natural experiments
* Analyzing observational data
* Introduction to regression analysis
* Causal process tracing, case selection and other key issues in case study research
* Where data come from - survey research
* Uses and design of survey questionnaires
* Sampling for surveys and field research
* Non-positivist epistemology
Examples are drawn from across the empirical subfields of political science (domestic, comparative, and international relations)
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Introduction to Empirical Methods for the Social Sciences||Pfeffer, J.||
Wed, 13:15–14:45, 2770
|UE||2||Introduction to Empirical Methods for the Social Sciences||Petz, C. Pfeffer, J. Schönfeld, M.||dates in groups|
Learning and Teaching Methods
Description of exams and course work
Prüfungsleistung: The grade for the course will be based on written exercises ("Übungsleistungen"), one for each topic-unit of the course to allow the students to show their grasp of the material covered in that unit, to be submitted according to schedule published in the syllabus, and a final take-home assignment ("wissenschaftliche Ausarbeitung") cumulatively covering all of the course material. The equally-weighted exercises jointly account for 50% of the grade; the final assignment for the other 50%.
There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.