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Research Methods: Lecture and Seminar


Please note the current information regarding the limited functionality of the university.

Update 17.04.2020 (20:00) - Students that want to take the course Research Methods in SS2020 and are not registered in KLIPS or cannot register in KLIPS must send an E-Mail to Patrick Nitschke (E-Mail Address see at the bottom).

Update 06.04.2020 (16:00) - The course "Research Methods" will be offered as an online course, starting in week 17 (20-25.04.2020). In order to participate in this course, you need an account for UniConnect. Instructions for creating an account can be found here:

All students enrolled for the course in KLIPS will be added to the community in UniConnect and receive further information.


Update 18.03.2020 (14:15) - The course “Research Methods” is among the courses which are affected. We are currently working on an online concept for the course in order to enable you to take this course remotely.

Please note that we cannot provide more detailed information regarding the further process, including exams, at this point in time.

The information provided on this page are updated regularly.

Last update: 17.04.2020 (20:00)


Course Information

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.

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

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.

Course entry requirements

This is a Master course. The lecture and seminar course must be taken together in the same semester to complete the course module (6ECTS).

Note: If you are still finishing your Bachelor thesis you may not enroll in this course.
Note: To participate in this course in Summer Semester 2020 you must:
  1. Register in KLIPS before the first session
  2. Attend the first lecture session
  3. Create an account for UniConnect.

Note: Despite extended enrolment-phases in KLIPS, only registrations before the first session are valid. Students trying to register after the first session, or in a later enrolment-phase, cannot participate.

If you do not meet these requirements you will not be able to take the course in SS2020.

Credit points

Module (Lecture + Seminar) (4 SWS): 6 Credit Points

Students must complete both assessment items to pass the module. Each item will be graded out of 50 and the total /100 will determine the final module grade. 

Course materials

All course materials will be placed in the course community in UniConnect. Please register in UniConnect in order to get an invitation to the community.

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

Assessment Information

Lecture: Individual report on research design, including literature analysis and research motivation. Date: TBC

Seminar: TBA. Date: TBA

Note: The examination work is in English.

Note: These dates and times are subject to change. They will not be updated here. Updates are available in the respective course community in UniConnect.

Coordinators & Contact

Please contact Mr Patrick Nitschke regarding questions.