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Research Strategies in Social Sciences - DD

Stratégies de recherche en sciences sociales

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Teacher(s): Karine Henchoz, Dominique Joye, Boris Wernli
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2008 -> 2008

No timetable defined.


Spring semester
2 hours per week
28 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 0


The aim of this seminar is to present, with hands-on exercises, the different phases of empirical research in social sciences. Survey methods and secondary analyses are the main approaches to be covered. Students will acquire methodological tools to carry out their own research projects as well to evaluate the research of others. The seminar takes an interactive form as teachers' presentations and group exercises are alternated. Research on prejudice and immigration attitudes is employed to illustrate the methodological topics.


The seminar programme consists of 1. Analysis of methodological choices in existing empirical research, 2. Introduction to survey methods, 3. Elaboration of a research question, 4. Introduction to quantitative analyses with SPSS software, and 5. Student reports on the different stages of research. (the seminar is taught in French)


Le programme du séminaire comprend notamment: 1.Réflexion sur des choix méthodologiques à l'aide de recherches empiriques existantes 2. Introduction à la méthode d'enquête 3. Construction de la problématique : élaboration d'une question de recherche et des hypothèses 4. Initiation aux analyses quantitatives avec le logiciel SPSS 5. Comptes-rendus des
étudiant-e-s des différentes étapes de recherche

Programme requirements

Successful accomplishment of the 1st study year. This lecture is accompanied by a compulsory seminar.

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