After this course, the student:
During the course, you will furthermore develop the following academic skills:
- will be familiar with the multi-disciplinary character of Global Sustainability Science and will be aware of the opportunities as well as the limitations in doing multi-disciplinary research.
- will have gained insight in the most important basic research methods to conduct empirical research in the field of Sustainability Sciences
- will be able to apply both quantitative and qualitative research methods
- will be aware of the opportunities as well as the limitations of quantitative and qualitative research methods
- will be able to design research approaches with reference to social as well as a natural sciences, and
- will have gained experience in presenting your research results through written communication
- Processing and analyzing information: This course will pay ample attention to the process of gathering, processing, and analyzing information or data in order to conduct academic research.
- Knowledge of research tools: This course will have the student going through a basic set of research tools, commonly used in sustainability science. S/he will work with Excel, Nvivo, SPSS, structured and semi-structures interview and questionnaires.
- Teamwork and academic discussion: All the assignments will be made in pairs, meaning that students will need to collaborate with a peer.
This course deals with the methodological aspects of empirical research. Empirical research uses empirical evidence, which means that you gain knowledge through observation or experience. In this course, students will learn how to develop a good research question and how to answer this question in a structured and verifiable manner by means of observation, measurement and analyses.
This course includes an Honours component
This course is the entry requirement for
- Global Integration Project (GEO2-2417)
- Bachelor’s thesis GSS (GEO3-2422)
- Full participation in this course is required for Statistics (GEO2-2217)
|Je moet ingeschreven staan voor één van de volgende opleidingen:|
|- Global Sustainability Science|
|- Liberal Arts and Sciences|
|• The course is also open to students Liberal Arts and Sciences with major GSD, DOI, SE, WCE, MMW, MNW, D&O or E&D.|
• Students MMW, MNW and LAS can only take this course if OV1 MW (GEO1-2105) or OV1 NWI (GEO1-2204) has not been passed yet. They should contact Erika Dijksma (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 1 January 2018.
• Students that passed the course Onderzoeksvaardigheden 1 MW (GEO1-2105) or the course Onderzoeksvaardigheden 1 NWI (GEO1-2204) are excluded from the course GEO1-2415.
|Bryman, A. (2015). Social research methods. Oxford university press (5th edition)|
Voorbereiding bijeenkomstenStudents are expected to prepare themselves for lectures and tutorials by reading the assigned texts, as stipulated in the course syllabus.
Bijdrage aan groepswerkPart of the assignments will be made in groups. In these cases, team members are jointly responsible for the quality of their end product.
BeoordelingMid-term exam (25%)
Final exam (30%
Assignments (45%), i.e.
• Excel assignment (7.5%)
• Basics SPSS (7.5%)
• Nvivo (1) (7.5%)
• SPSS (t-test, MWU, Chi2) (7.5%)
• SPSS (spearman r, pearsons r, R2) (7.5%)
• Nvivo (2) (7.5%)