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210154 VO Mixed Methods: Alternating subjects (2020S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft

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Details

Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

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Thursday 19.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Thursday 26.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Thursday 02.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Thursday 23.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Thursday 30.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Thursday 07.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Thursday 14.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Thursday 28.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Thursday 04.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6
Thursday 18.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 34 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 6

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

*** Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation all exams for this lecture will be held digitally in form of a Take Home Exam. Details about this can be found below. ***

The course offers an introduction to mixed research methods in the social sciences with a particular focus on how different methods can be combined to answer a wide range of research questions. The question of how to conduct meaningful research using robust designs is at the centre of the course. It begins with an overview of the philosophical underpinnings of social science research. Students are then introduced to a range of methods such as interviews, focus groups, case studies, ethnography, discourse and content analyses. The course also covers a range of approaches such as qualitative comparative analysis and interpretive analysis. The course includes applications of qualitative research to real world problems as well as empirical investigations of current social and political problems.

The course has three aims. First, to introduce students to qualitative methodologies that researchers, policymakers and analysts use in answering social, political and economic questions. Second, to help students understand the uses, benefits, and challenges of various methodological tools for their own research projects. Third, at the end of the course students should be able to evaluate the quality of empirical social science research.

This course is a lecture series. Regular attendance is recommended.

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment for this course is in digital format in form of a Take Home Exam. The exam questions will be uploaded on Moodle at 11am on the exam day and you will have three days to complete the exam.

The remaining exam dates are:
Monday, 28th September 2020
Monday, 16th November 2020
Monday, 18th January 2021

The exam will be a written exam in the form of short essay questions. You will be given a choice of four questions of which you need to answer two. There will be no multiple choice questions. The questions will be short answer questions to be answered in a maximum of 3 pages (in total, not per question).

The slides of the exam revision session on 18th June 2020 are uploaded on Moodle. It is highly recommended that students listen to all recorded lectures and study the reading material uploaded on Moodle in preparation for the exam.

INFORMATION FOR PREVIOUS EXAM: The exam for the first exam date (Monday, 29.06.2020) will be in digital format in the form of a Take Home Exam. The questions will be uploaded on 29.06.2020 and you will have three days to complete the exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grading scale:
100 – 80 points: Very good/Sehr gut (1)
79 – 65 points: Good/Gut (2)
64 - 56 points: Satisfactory/Befriedigend (3)
55 - 48 points: Pass/Genügend (4)
47 - 0 points: Not satisfactory/Nicht Genügend (5)

Please note that this course is held in English. Students must be willing and able to read and understand academic literature in English. The exam will also be given in English.

Students are not required to have previous knowledge of mixed methods in social science research.

Examination topics

The content of the written exam will be the content of the lectures, the lecture slides as well as a number of academic articles, which will be highlighted in the full syllabus and in the lectures.

Reading list

The literature list for this course will be uploaded on Moodle, along with a full syllabus, a week before the start of the course.

The literature that is relevant for the exam includes:

Della Porta. D, and Keating, M. (2008): “How many approaches in the social sciences? An epistemological introduction”, in: Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences: A Pluralist Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Schmitter, P. (2008) “The Design of Social and Political Research” in Della Porta, D., and Keating, M. Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences: A Pluralist Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Teddlie, C., and Yu, F. (2007) “Mixed methods sampling: A typology with examples”. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1(1), 77-100. DOI 10.1177/1558689806292430

Kitzinger, J. (1995) “Qualitative Research: Introducing focus groups”, British Medical Journal, 311(7000). DOI:10.1136/bmj.311.7000.299

Saldana, J. (2009) “An Introduction to Codes and Coding”, Chapter 1 in The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers, London: Sage Publications.

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