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230032 UE Methods of Empirical Social Research (2022S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work

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Rahmenbedingungen für digitale Prüfungen (Soziologie) https://soziologie.univie.ac.at/info/digpruef/

Allgemeiner Hinweis: Für die Teilnahme an Lehrveranstaltungen in digitaler Form sind eine - möglichst stabile - Internetverbindung und die technischen Möglichkeiten erforderlich, um an Online-Einheiten partizipieren zu können (Computer, Mikro, ggf. Webcam).


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


max. 36 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Saturday 05.03. 09:30 - 16:30 Digital
Saturday 19.03. 09:30 - 16:30 Digital
Saturday 09.04. 09:30 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 29.04. 09:30 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course offers a general introduction to social sciences methodology. The main objectives are: to be able to properly define the social phenomenon under investigation, to know and understand the difference between various methodological approaches in the social sciences, to familiarize with the main data collection techniques and research operations, to be able to understand and read results from empirical social science research.
The main topics concern the research design, the construction of data collection and measurement instruments. Attention will be devoted to differences between quantitative and qualitative approaches.

The language of the course is English. The course will be in digital format (platform Zoom and Moodle). To participate in this course, it is necessary that a stable internet connection and a computer with webcam and microphone are available.

Assessment and permitted materials

The final grade is based on all the following tasks:
- Active participation (10%)
- Writing assignment I (30%)
- Writing assignment II (30%)
- Research paper presentation (30%)

Important Grading Information:
If not explicitly noted otherwise, all requirements mentioned in the grading scheme must be met.
If a required task is not fulfilled, this will be considered as a discontinuation of the course. In that case, the course will be graded as ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfill the task on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness).
In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading.
Whether this exception applies is decided by the lecturer.

If any requirement of the course has been fulfilled by fraudulent means, be it for example by cheating at an exam, plagiarizing parts of a written assignment or by faking signatures on an attendance sheet, the student's participation in the course will be discontinued, the entire course will be graded as ‘not assessed’ and will be entered into the electronic exam record as ‘fraudulently obtained’.
The plagiarism-detection service (Turnitin in Moodle) can be used in course of the grading: Details will be announced by the lecturer.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Each task is graded with a scale from 1 (excellent) to 5 (fail). Students have to respect the deadlines agreed for each task. If the student does not perform in one of the tasks according to the deadline, the course is considered failed. To have an overall positive evaluation, students need a grade of at least 4 for each task. Attendance at the sessions is expected, if a student misses more than one session, the course is considered failed.

Examination topics

Reading list

Recommended: Lawrence Neuman (2020), Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, 8th edition.
Other material will be indicated during the course.

Association in the course directory

in 505: BA M1 Einführung in die empirische Sozialforschung

Last modified: Fr 04.03.2022 00:06