Social Science Methodology

The course introduces students to the range of methods with which social scientists work as they attempt to systematically understand social phenomena. It provides first hand experience with the specific procedures through which social science knowledge is developed. The course is divided into two parts. The first part introduces framework of social science research providing the students with knowledge of the necessary questions and dilemmas that need to be tackled during the course of preparation and conducting a research. The second part, in turn, emphasizes general procedures such as discriminating between theories, posing proper research questions, operationalizing concepts, or collecting data. At the end of the course the students use the acquired knowledge and skills in research design building workshops.