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46737-01 - Seminar: Experimental Research Methods in Social Science 3 CP

Semester fall semester 2018
Course frequency Every fall sem.
Lecturers Iljana Schubert (, Assessor)
Content This seminar will teach different experimental research techniques, such as lab experiments, field experiments and survey experiments, in the social sciences. It will include practical aspects which will focus on design, data collection and basic data analysis.
Each of the 7 seminar blocks will be divided into individual presentations and group work to develop, collect data on and analyse a small scale experiment within groups of 2-4 people.
Learning objectives To understand what experimental research methods are and how to design experiments in social sciences. Gain some experience designing experiments, collecting some data and understanding basic analysis.

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Comments Note: Special course inscription and entry requirements!

Anrechnung MSD 2010
Dieses Seminar ist im Modul Kernbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaftliche Nachhaltigkeitsforschung publiziert und kann nach Rücksprache mit P. Burger mittels LC für den Vertiefungsbereich Phil.-Hist. angerechnet werden.

This seminar is offered by MSD, Dr. I. Schubert is member of the Sustainability Research Group, Dep. Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Admission requirements Prior experience with statistical software (e.g. SPSS) as well as prior knowledge of univariate statistics and basic knowledge of ANOVA or OLS regression is expected.

Special course inscription required for ALL (for details see 'course application' or 'Anmeldung'). Course inscriptions in a different way then explained ARE NOT taken into account.

Limited number of participants (25), Students of the MSD and those of the mentioned fields of study (see list of modules) have priority.
If you study something different, you must do a master degree within the 'Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' and may attend the seminar in case of vacancies and former inscription as explained.
Course application Mandatory application for ALL! Link open from 14.08.18y/noon - 05.09.18/midnight

(Login on top row right hand side of ADAM website; list of forms available from 14.08.18/noon on)

NOTE: Be aware of special entry requirements. Course inscription via MOnA remains mandatory for all participants..

In case of vacancies the online application link remains open until the second week of teaching + 2 days.
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media Online, mandatory


Interval irregular
Date 24.09.2018 – 17.12.2018
Time See details

24.9., 8.10., 22.10., 5.11. & 17.12. , from 12:15-16:00h: seminar room 02.001, Bernoullistr. 14/16
19.11.& 03.12.18: from 12:15-16:00h: computer room 105, Biozentrum

Date Time Room
Monday 24.09.2018 12.15-16.00 X-Bernoullistrasse 14/16 (im Umbau), Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Monday 08.10.2018 12.15-16.00 X-Bernoullistrasse 14/16 (im Umbau), Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Monday 22.10.2018 12.15-16.00 X-Bernoullistrasse 14/16 (im Umbau), Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Monday 05.11.2018 12.15-16.00 X-Bernoullistrasse 14/16 (im Umbau), Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Monday 19.11.2018 12.15-16.00 Biozentrum, Computerraum 105
Monday 03.12.2018 12.15-16.00 Biozentrum, Computerraum 105
Monday 17.12.2018 12.15-16.00 X-Bernoullistrasse 14/16 (im Umbau), Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Modules Modul Kernbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaftliche Nachhaltigkeitsforschung (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development (Start of studies before 01.08.2017))
Modul: Empirische Forschungsmethoden (Master's degree subject Political Science)
Modul: Methoden der Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Module: Methods for Analyzing Changing Societies (Master's degree program Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources)
Module: Preparation Master's Thesis in Social Sciences (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development)
Assessment format continuous assessment
Assessment details Regular attendance, required reading. Individual presentation and small group experimental research project report.

Assessment registration/deregistration Reg./dereg.: course registr./cancel registr. via MOnA
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale 1-6 0,1
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty University of Basel
Offered by Fachbereich Nachhaltigkeitsforschung