Forschungsmethoden: Vorlesung und Seminar

Vorlesung mit zugehörigem Seminar, Wahlpflicht, Master IM und WI

 

Module: 04WI2007

Note: The lecture and seminar course must be taken together in the same semester to complete the course module (6ECTS).

 

Start

16.04.2013

Participants

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. 

Lecturer

Assessment and Grading

Credit points

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

Seminar (2 SWS): 3 credit points 

Total (4 SWS): 6 credit points

RESEARCH METHOD COURSE ASSESSMENT
MODULE PART
WEIGHTING
ASSESSMENT TASK
DELIVERY DATE
LECTURE
50%
(individual)
RESEARCH DESIGN
Literature analysis
Research design
 
Tues 04.06.13 09:00
Mon 08.07.13 09:00
SEMINAR
50%
(group)
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHOD
Report and presentation
 
 
Tues 18.06.13 09:00

Students must pass both parts to complete the module. Each part will be graded out of 50 and the total 100 will determine the final module grade.

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

 Course Structure

Date
Lecture Schedule
Tuesday 09:00-12:00
Seminar Schedule
Tuesday 12:00-14:00
Actions/Deliverables
Deadlines
16.04.13
1. Introduction: Philosophy of Science and Science and Technology Studies
Seminar Introduction
Group formation/topic selection
23.04.13
2. Research epistemologies: Frameworks for Research Design
 
 
30.04.13
3. Using research literature: Developing a critical argument
 
 
07.05.13
4. Developing research aims, objective and questions
 
 
14.05.13
5. Gathering relevant data: data sources and research ethics
Seminar group meetings (attendance required)
 
 
PFINGSTEN
 
 
28.05.13
6. Data analysis and the use of theory
 
 
04.06.13
7. Research quality: bringing the research design together
 
Literature analysis report submission:
Tuesday 04.06.13 09:00
11.06.13
No Lecture class
 
 
18.06.13
8. Seminar presentations: Research methods in action
Seminar group presentations
Seminar report submission: Tuesday 18.06.13 09:00
02.07.13
Individual meeting re: Research Design assignment (optional)
 
 
08.07.13
 
 
Individual report submission:
Monday 08.07.13 09:00