Aim of the course

The course gives a first introduction to empirical research methods. It covers topics such as research design, the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative social data. State-of-the-art theory is applied to real-life examples during in-class exercises. Own research questions can be worked on in class as well as in one-on-one consultation with the instructor.


  • Objectiveness in research
  • Phases of the research life cycle
  • Research design
  • Depth interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Surveys
  • Using administrative data
  • Experiments
  • Content analyses
  • Analysis of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Reporting results

Target audience

No prior experience needed