Premaster Methodology of Social Sciences Research SCA

2018-2019
Dit vak wordt in het Engels aangeboden. Omschrijvingen kunnen daardoor mogelijk alleen in het Engels worden weergegeven.

Doel vak

After this course a student knows:
- The most important social scientific approaches and is able to relate
these approaches to how social scientific research is done;
- How to translate a research problem into a research question, and
decide on the appropriate research design;
- The theoretical and practical considerations in order to make the step
from a research design to the collection and analysis of data;
- The most important data collection methods and analytical methods and
can decide which one or which combination to use in order to answer a
given research question.

Inhoud vak

This course is an introduction to the social scientific research
process.

On the one hand it shows that a researcher’s scientific approach often
coincides with the choice of an appropriate research design and
accompanying data collection methods and analytical methods. A clear
line can be drawn from problem, via research question, research design,
data collection, data analysis, to the interpretation of the results
(the empirical cycle). This course shows the implicit dependency in this
cycle. During this course the role of knowledge, theories, and research
paradigms when setting up a research question (exploratory, descriptive,
confirmatory) will be explained. Given a research question insights are
offered on how to come to an answer. It will be made clear that several
approaches exist. The two most important ones are the interpretative
approach (often related to so-called qualitative research) and the
positivist approach (often related to so-called quantitative research).
These approaches may complement each other, but often this is not the
case.

On the other hand, this course provides an overview of several data
collection techniques and analytical methods. Data collection methods
that will be discussed are the use of questionnaires (nowadays often on-
line), keeping interviews (structured, open, using focus groups), a
study of texts and images, observation methods, experiments, et cetera.
Important issues before, during and after the collection of data such as
operationalization, reliability, validity, the order of data,
subjectivity, causality, generalization, ethics, reflection, extreme
cases will be dealt with. A next step in the empirical cycle is how to
analyze the given data (although in some instances data collection and
the analysis of data can not easily be separated). Methods that will be
discussed are statistical analysis, discourse analysis, content
analysis, the analysis of secondary data, network analysis, etc. Based
on the analysis, the results and its interpretation have to be described
such that it does justice to the research problem, the data collection
method, and analytical method.

Onderwijsvorm

Lectures

Toetsvorm

A written exam and assignments

Literatuur

To be announced in the course manual (see CANVAS).

Doelgroep

Premaster students

Overige informatie

Please note: This course is open to Premaster students in Social and
Cultural Anthropology only.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode S_PMMSCA
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 0
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. J.C. Muis
Examinator dr. J.C. Muis
Docenten dr. J.C. Muis

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