Universität Wien FIND

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to courses and exams may be necessary at short notice (e.g. cancellation of on-site teaching and conversion to online exams). Register for courses/exams via u:space, find out about the current status on u:find and on the moodle learning platform. NOTE: Courses where at least one unit is on-site are currently marked "on-site" in u:find.

Further information about on-site teaching and access tests can be found at https://studieren.univie.ac.at/en/info.

220069 SE SE Scientific Skills: Scientific Writing, Presentation and Publication, Grant Writing (2019W)

Continuous assessment of course work

The class will provide an overview and exercises of the following topics:

- Manuscript preparation and abstract writing

- Functioning of the peer review process

- Displaying results

- Scientific epistemology and methodological issues

The class includes several hands on parts where students will have the opportunity to practice their skills in the above mentioned areas


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Students must attend the meetings. There are 8 2-hour meetings in the months October and November of 2019. A one-time absence of one of these meetings is allowed only for medically documented illness or injury, and the teacher should be notified of the absence over email prior to the beginning of the meeting. The 9th meeting on December 17 (the mini-conference) is from 1.30 pm to 6.30 pm and attendance is mandatory.

Tuesday 08.10. 16:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 15.10. 16:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 22.10. 16:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 29.10. 16:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 05.11. 16:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 12.11. 16:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 19.11. 16:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 26.11. 16:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 17.12. 13:30 - 18:30 Seminarraum 2, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The Scientific Skills class aims at providing students with comprehensive information on the research process including topics such as the academic system, the academic publishing process, critical thinking and close reading, and the formal academic standards for a paper/presentation/proposal. Furthermore, central debates in the Social Sciences are discussed and we will study some of the core aspects of designing a research setup, including conceptualization, measuring constructs, causality and research methods.

Assessment and permitted materials

Grading and Assignments
(1) Mini quizzes about literature (individual) 30 %
(2) Portfolio with research exercises (individual) 30 %
(3) Presentation of research proposal (group) 10%
(4) Research proposal, final draft (group) 30 %

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students should get a feeling how to prepare a research article / grant proposal / conference paper and abstract which have a realistic chance to "survive" the international peer-review process.

In addition, they should improve their skills as regards presenting and visualizing findings and lern how to reflect on scientific methodology and its respective limitations.

Examination topics


Reading list

Required Texts

All required readings are posted to the course Moodle in .pdf format.

Mandatory Readings

- Bhattacherjee, A. (2012). "Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices". Textbooks Collection. 3. http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/oa_textbooks/3
- Bos, L., Van der Brug, W., & De Vreese, C. (2011). How the media shape perceptions of right-wing populist leaders. Political Communication, 28(2), 182-206.
- Gerring, J. (2011). Social science methodology: A unified framework. Cambridge University Press.
- King, G., Keohane, R. O., & Verba, S. (1994). Designing social inquiry: Scientific inference in qualitative research. Princeton university press.
- Lau, R. R., & Pomper, G. M. (2001). Effects of negative campaigning on turnout in US Senate elections, 1988–1998. Journal of Politics, 63(3), 804-819.
- Mutz, D. C., & Reeves, B. (2005). The new videomalaise: Effects of televised incivility on political trust. American Political Science Review, 99(1), 1-15.
- Popper, K. (1953). Philosophy of Science: a Personal Report. Lecture on ‘Science: Conjectures and Refutations’. The British Council.
- Toulmin, S. (1958). The uses of argument. Cambridge University Press.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:21