Introduction to Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative

Course Description: 

Knowing how to obtain and process data is a prerequisite for critical reading of sociological and anthro¬pological work, as well as part of a researcher’s key competence. This course introduces the sociologist’s and anthropologist’s toolbox, debating the potential and the pitfalls of major methodo¬logical tools. The course is very much located at the practical level, and follows a “how to” approach.

Learning Outcomes: 

After completion of the course, participants shall be able to demonstrate solid basic knowledge of social anthropological and sociological qualitative and quantitative research methodology. They shall be capable of reflecting on the differences between quantitative and qualitative research methodology, and on how these may complement each other.

The students will be able to assess the roles of the researcher and the informant in the research process and be in a position to apply qualitative and quantitative research methodology in their own work.

Assessment: 

four assignments 25% each:

  • a statistical analysis of publication frequency,  related to your research topic
  • coding and analysis of this interview, using Atlas TI, in teams of two
  • a final exam on statistical methods  
  • three response papers on readings (~ 300 words)

papers are due one week after the class in which the topic has been discussed.

You get feedback on your progress throughout the course, assignments are generally graded within two weeks. Timely submission of assignments is essential.

Prerequisites: 

n/a