0758 Introduction to Empirical Social Research
Dr. Katharina Gabriela Pfaff, Univ.Prof. Dr. Thomas Plümper
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
17.09.2020 bis 20.09.2020
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Hinweise zur LV
Planpunkt(e) Bachelor
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Donnerstag 08.10.2020 12:15 - 15:15 Online-Einheit
Donnerstag 15.10.2020 12:15 - 15:15 Online-Einheit
Donnerstag 22.10.2020 12:15 - 15:15 Online-Einheit
Donnerstag 29.10.2020 12:15 - 15:15 Online-Einheit
Mittwoch 04.11.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Mittwoch 11.11.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Mittwoch 18.11.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Mittwoch 25.11.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Mittwoch 02.12.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Mittwoch 09.12.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit

Ablauf der LV bei eingeschränktem Campusbetrieb

This PI takes place remotely as distance learning - regardless of whether the operation on campus is restricted or not.

Inhalte der LV

This course offers the applied part to the lecture “Introduction to Empirical Social Research”. The course is designed to assist students in deepening their knowledge and skills acquired in the lecture.

In this course, students will learn the essentials of social research and discuss a selection of both qualitative and quantitative methods frequently used in empirical social research. Several strengths and weaknesses of these quantitative and qualitative research technologies will be discussed. Inter alia, the course will answer the following questions: How can we measure (unobservable) social phenomena? Which method can be applied best to which settings? When does a method (not) allow for valid inferences? What is the relationship between theory and empirical research?

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

The aim of this course is to impart basic knowledge of empirical social research. During the course, students carry out many small activities, which help to understand the essentials of empirical social research.


After successfully participating at this course, students will have an overview of different empirical research methods in social sciences and understand the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. This course also aims to foster critical thinking such that students learn to evaluate empirical research and their validity. After passing the course, students will have gained the necessary skills to act both as informed “consumers” of empirical articles and as “producers” of small-scale research projects.


Students will acquire the skills needed to

  • distinguish different empirical research methods used in social research,
  • understand the scope of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and
  • evaluate the methodological approach of contemporary research articles.  

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

In line with standard rules for absence in practice courses (VUE), virtual attendance is required for 70% of the announced course units.

A course unit is considered as "attended" if the student participated at the activities of this unit.



Similar to the lecture part, this course takes place remotely as distance learning - regardless of whether the operation on campus is restricted or not.

This course part relies on a mix of learning techniques including lectures slides, readings, open question tasks, and self-study exercises.Tasks can be solved flexibly within the time period of the online session.

Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

Overall course performance will be evaluated based on two components:

- Several brief activities such as in-class assignments, reflections on classroom discussions, summaries of preparatory readings, etc. (60 points).

- A written essay (40 points).


At the end of this course, points are converted to grades based on the following scale:

0-50: Nicht Genügend; 50,1-62,5 Genügend; 62,6-75 Befriedigend; 75,1-87,5 Gut; 87,6-100 Sehr Gut.

In order to pass the course, students need to receive a positive evaluation (i.e. more than half of the points) on each of the two components.

Zuletzt bearbeitet: 21.09.2020