Module 7 - Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (10 ECTS)

Aims of the module:

Topics covered in the course include in particular:

  1. Introduction to Philosophy of Science
  2. Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodology for Social Sciences
  3. Overview and application of selected quantitative methods: (a) Data collection: access to and use of quantitative data, surveys, experiments; (b) Data analysis: statistical methods, econometrics
  4. Overview and application of selected qualitative methods: interviews, focus group discussions, participant observations

Learning Outcomes:


On successful completion, students...

  • have an understanding on the importance of philosophy of science and methodology for research work on sustainable development
  • have an overview and can critically present different quantitative and qualitative methods
  • demonstrate their ability to apply selected quantitative research methods to sustainable development questions with a focus on accessing and preparing data and conducting simple statistical analysis
  • demonstrate their ability to apply selected qualitative research methods to sustainable development questions with a focus on developing interview questionnaires and analyzing responses