408013 PS Scientific Working in Sociology

winter semester 2016/2017 | Last update: 02.09.2016 Place course on memo list
PS Scientific Working in Sociology
PS 2
each semester

Result of studies: In this course students study the essential rules of scientific working. The course gives an introduction into work techniques for scientific research and production of text and imparts various aspects of scientific working to the students. Such, literature research, the drafting of research questions and hypotheses as well as different methods of citation are approached (see Curriculum, §5).

"Intellectual life is a dialogue among people interested in the same topic". With this description the sociologist Everett C. Hughes refers to one crucial cornerstone of scientific working: its communicative character. Thus, techniques of scientific research do not serve any self purpose. In fact, they are the basis of the development, announcement and discussion of scientific knowledge within the respective interested group: the “scientific community” or – given certain conditions – a broader public sphere. Against this backdrop, the course provides an introduction into work techniques of social-scientific research. The sessions aim to equip the students with theoretical and practical insights into the central social-scientific work techniques “reading-writing-speaking-discussing”. Practical exercises comprise literature research, citation methods, the development and formulation of research questions or hypotheses, the writing of different sorts of text, such as essays, papers and seminar papers as well as the practicing of presentations. Furthermore, the course combines the introduction into scientific working with critical discussions of central sociological ideas and theories.

Continuous assessment (based on regular written and/or oral contribution by participants).

Course examination according to § 7, statute section on "study-law regulations"

Breger, Wolfram; Böhmer, Sabrina (Hg.)(2007): Was werden mit Soziologie. Berufe für Soziologinnen und Soziologen. Das BDS-Berufshandbuch Lucius & Lucius.

Catón, Matthias (Hg.)(2005): Politikwissenschaft im Beruf. Perspektiven für Politologinnen und Politologen, Münster: Lit.

Eco, Umberto (2002): Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Abschlußarbeit schreibt. Doktor-, Diplom und Magisterarbeiten in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, 9. Aufl., Heidelberg: C.F.

Müller. Ernst, Wiebke; Jetzkowitz, Jens; König, Matthias; Schneider, Jörg (2002): Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten für Soziologen, München; Wien: R. Oldenbourg.

 Kuper, Adam; Kuper, Jessica (Hg.)(2004): The Social Science Encyclopedia, 3. Aufl., London; New York: Routledge.

Schlichte, Klaus (2005): Einführung in die Arbeitstechniken der Politikwissenschaft, 2. Aufl., Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwisserschaften.


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Date Time Location
Fri 2016-10-07
13.00 - 14.45 SR 6 (Sowi) SR 6 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2016-11-04
13.00 - 19.00 SR 6 (Sowi) SR 6 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2016-11-25
13.00 - 16.00 ZID Sowi AR 4 ZID Sowi AR 4
Fri 2016-11-25
13.00 - 19.00 SR 3 (Sowi) SR 3 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2016-12-16
13.00 - 19.00 SR 6 (Sowi) SR 6 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2017-01-20
13.00 - 17.45 SR 6 (Sowi) SR 6 (Sowi) Barrier-free