Amsterdam, Netherlands

Comprehensive Introduction to Research Methodology and Design

online course
when 24 June 2024 - 22 July 2024
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1250

This course aims to lay a solid, diverse and integrated foundation for conducting first-rate qualitative and quantitative research, and for embedding it in effective and feasible mixed-method research designs. At the end of this summer programme, students will have a good understanding of the most important principles and practices of social science research. They will also be able to improve their knowledge and skills independently after the course, and thus pursue their substantive research interests without methodological hindrance. This programme begins with the presentation and discussion of the most important qualitative methods for all students in the social and behavioural sciences. We then focus on the inferential possibilities and limitations of various research strategies, introducing students to the crucial issues of research design.

Course leader

Dr. Alexandru Voicu

Target group

Students and working professionals with a clear interest in learning more about Social Science research methods. All applicants must have a Bachelor's degree (minimum).

Course aim

At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- understand the key notions and principles behind qualitative and quantitative approaches to data collection and analysis;
- independently conduct a mini-ethnography on a given topic, combining participant observation and interviewing;
- independently conduct a short quantitative analysis on a given topic, using the SPSS software and real-life survey data;
- independently develop a short but sound mixed-method research design on a given topic, combining different case selection strategies in a meaningful and effective manner;
- critically assess the value and validity of published research that uses a qualitative, quantitative or mixed-method design.

Fee info

EUR 1250: This is the fee for external (non-UvA) candidates.
EUR 900: for incoming GSSS Master's students and UvA employees


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