408014 PS Scientific Working in Sociology

winter semester 2016/2017 | Last update: 21.11.2016 Place course on memo list
PS Scientific Working in Sociology
PS 2
each semester
Students will learn the methodology of scientific work. - The introductory seminar will offer an introduction to the working techniques of scientific research and writing, and it will introduce to the student different aspects of scientific work; for instance, searching for literature, drafting a core question or hypothesis, and different quotation styles will be taught (Curriculum, §5; fw).
This analysis by the sociologist Everett C. Hughes indicate an important cornerstone of scientific work: its communicative character. Methods and techniques of scientific work have no end in itself. They do not only serve the production of scientific knowledge, but also its communication/circulation and discussion within related groups, meaning parts of the scientific community or – in special cases – even the public. 

This seminar serves as an introduction into the methods of social sciences and its textual representations to make students familiar with various aspects of scientific work. The course addresses the acquaintance and practical handling of pivotal techniques of „reading-writing-talking-discussing“ of scientific texts. The students get familiar with scientific inquiries (esp. scientific literature), citing, articulating a research question and the development of scientific argumentation. On the other hand there will be occasions to exercise talks/presentations and critique of decisive scientific theories in social research.

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 2016-11-18
14.00 - 20.00 SR 6 (Sowi) SR 6 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Sat 2016-11-19
09.00 - 16.00 SR 4 (Sowi) SR 4 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2017-01-13
14.00 - 20.00 SR 14 (Sowi) SR 14 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Sat 2017-01-14
09.00 - 16.00 SR 2 (Sowi) SR 2 (Sowi) Barrier-free