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:
08:30-12:00 Room E427

 

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

Seminar: information about the seminar meetings will be given in the first lecture

Start

14.04.2015: 08:30-12:00 Room E427

Participants

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

PLEASE 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
Monday 08.06.2015 09:00
SEMINAR
50%
(group)
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHOD
Report and presentation
Tuesday 02.06.2015 08:00

 

Students must pass both assessment parts to complete the module. Each part will be graded out /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 Connections community in UniConnect during the semester.

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

The examination work 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