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).

 

Time and Place

Lecture:
08:00-12:00 Room E427 (Note: First lecture on Tuesday 22.04. at 08:30 in Room A308)

 

Please Note: This course will be offered in 3-hour sessions over 7 weeks.

Seminar:
12:00 - 14:00 Romm tba
The Seminar will only take place on the following dates: 22.04., 13.05., and optional 27.05.

Start

22.04.2014 

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.

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
16.06.2014, 09:00
SEMINAR
50%
(group)
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHOD
Report and presentation
03.06.2014,
09:00 - 12:00

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