Some designs are presently more relevant to some disciplines than others are. Instead of focusing on a limited subset of designs, we cover a wide range of designs relevant for social sciences. A broader view of the research process should enable students to identify strengths and weaknesses of empirical research in their own and related social science disciplines.
- Students should know basic research designs and accompanying sample-, measurement-, coding, analysis- and interpretation issues.
Students should be able to
- develop research problems and questions,
- develop robust research designs including sound sample, measurement, analysis and interpretation strategies
- evaluate the appropriateness and application of a wide selection of designs
- evaluate the quality of empirical data and the validity of statements based on the designs
- Students should become better producers, evaluators and users of research, and be helped to advance one step further in a sound scientific career.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended previous knowledge
Active participation in disccussions.
- Course coordinator
- Torvald Øgaard
Method of work
- Introduction to good questions and sustainable answers (individual reading, lectures and discussions).
which questions can and should we ask? Researchable phenomena, problems, questions, hypotheses, models.
which answers (statements) can we provide? Research designs including collecting, analyzing and interpreting observations.
- Evaluation of research efforts. We will present and discuss a wide selection of contemporary research (individual reading, presentations by researchers as well as students, group and class discussions).
- Presentation and discussion of the participants own designs (presentation of your own design, discussant of fellow students design, discussions).
To secure a good learning environment, participants are encouraged to, and expected to voice joy and concerns in class or directly to teachers.
The UiS standard evaluation form is available after classes.
Link to reading list
Sist oppdatert: 06.08.2020