Qualitative Methods

Level: 
Master's
Course Status: 
Core
Course Status: 
Mandatory
CEU credits: 
2
Academic year: 
2013/2014
Semester: 
Winter
Start and end dates: 
13 Jan 2014 - 4 Apr 2014
Instructor(s): 
Thilo Bodenstein

The course gives an introduction into the philosophy of (social) science, research design and techniques of comparative qualitative inquiry.

We investigate what social scientists do and how they evaluate their theories. We then discuss a broad range of topics, including research design, concepts and measurement, the problem auf causality in social sciences, the art of cases selections, the conduction of small-N comparisons, process tracing, nested analysis, evaluation and issues in analytic design. The general goal of the course is raising awareness of methodological pitfalls, fostering critical thinking in qualitative research design, and planning own empirical studies. The material is based on classical texts of the respective field, new contributions in the field and a selection of applied studies. The course is based on discussions and active participation of students.