Master Vorlesung/Seminar Forschungsmethoden

Vorlesung mit zugehörigem Seminar, Wahlpflicht, Master IM und WI


Module: 04WI2007





Master's students. Please enrol into the course in KLIPS.

NOTE: If you are still finishing your Bachelor thesis you may not enrol in this course.

As this course has not been offered in recent semesters it will be offered again in Summer Semester 2013. 


Assessment and Grading

To be announced. 

Credit points

Lecture Course (Vorlesung, 2 SWS): 3 credit points

Seminar (2 SWS): 3 credit points 

Total (4 SWS): 6 credit points

Course Description

The module provides an introduction to research philosophy, research methods and research design.
The aims of the module are twofold:

  1. To provide an in-depth examination of the key themes and debates in Science and Technology Studies (STS). At the end of the module, students should have a good understanding of the basic epistemological controversies in social research and interpretations of what constitutes scientific knowledge.
  2. To provide an introduction to Research Design. At the end of the module, students should be able to present a well-constructed research design that shows how their research aims and objectives are achieved through the selection of appropriate research methodologies and methods.

Mode of delivery: The class comprises a mixture of lectures, presentations and smaller discussion group sessions in which students are required to relate research theory to their proposed research design.

Literature and Material

All lecture documents (if electronically available) will be uploaded and made accessible in our Quickr-Forum during the semester. 

Please note: All documents (slides, script, literature) will be in English.

The examination is also in English.

Content of the Course

  • Science and Technology studies – epistemologies and research traditions
  • Post-positivist vs. Interpretive research approaches
  • Qualitative vs. quantitative approaches
  • Research design – approaches and frameworks for understanding
  • Identifying and expressing aims, objectives and research questions
  • The role of theory
  • Undertaking a review of the extant literature and an overview of scholarly communication
  • Effective research information management
  • Research quality and research ethics