Methods in Field Research: Practical Insights (BIGSAS-for beginners)

Seminar, SWS: 2, lecture number: 56002


Freitag, 10-12; 3.2 00 334 S79, NW II Bauteil 3.2


Gabriele Cappai

For students researching social and cultural phenomena in the empirical world, research methods and ways of negotiating problems in the field are determinant for successful academic work. The success of social research largely depends on the reliability of the methods used in both data collection and data analysis.The course will be tailored to the needs of doctoral research students currently preparing or conducting field studies, or intending to do so in the future.Themes to be dealt with include:a) examining the proposals and projects of students with a focus on methods, practical issues and problems of social research.b) planning and managing field work situations, making observations, taking field notes, designing and administering questionnaires, structuring interview schedules, interviewing techniques and analysing field work data, finding and evaluating documentary evidence.c) discussing different methods generally used in the study of socio-cultural phenomena with regard to the requirements of particular types of study as well as their strengths and weaknesses and levels of generalisation.The course will be held in English.