Empirical Research Methods (POL-18700)


Office Hours Prof. Shikano (Winter Term 2017/18): Wednesday 10.00 - 11.00

If you are coming to Prof. Shikano's office hours (during the semester), please sign-up using the list on the door of room D 312.

Course Description

Empirical Research Methods are not only used to test theories in political science or public administration but are similarly employed in many other applications that require the collection of data for planning purposes of different kinds. For all these applications the theoretical foundations, research logic and the specific details of data collection and handling techniques used remain the same.

This lecture provides a thorough introduction to research logic and its application for practical research projects. Goal of the course is to understand the conceptual foundations of empirical research methods and attain the necessary knowledge to be able to provide sound judgements of empirical research projects.

The structure of the course follows the book by Diekmann 2005.

Tutorials Winter Term 2017/18




 Baumann, Luca Monday, 13.30 - 15.00 H 306
 Böner, Larissa Tuesday, 08.15 - 09.45 D 301
 Danner, David Friday, 11.45 - 13.15 D 301
 Greiner, Alina Thursday, 13.30 - 14.45 M 628
 Kebekus, Stefan Monday, 10.00 - 11.30 D 301
 Küntzler, Theresa
 Wednesday, 08.15 - 09.45 G 530
 Püplichhuisen, Paul  Friday, 8.15 - 9.45 C 424
 Rath, Jasmin Thursday, 09.45 - 11.30 C 424
 Scharmann, Stefanie Wednesday, 17.00 - 18.30 D 301
 Staschenuk, David Friday, 15.15 - 16.45 D 201

General Information

Info Abschlussarbeit.pdf (in German)

Info Empfehlungsschreiben.doc (in German)

Useful Links


Course Catalog

Electronic Journals Library

Thesis Projects