YRM-10306 Research Methods in the Social Sciences


Studiepunten 6.00

Course coordinator(s)dr. JK Kampen
Lecturer(s)dr. LJL Ploum
dr. JK Kampen
Examiner(s)dr. JK Kampen

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The goal of the course is that students learn to develop a research proposal for a fundamental or practical scientific research project. Starting from a practical problem that needs to be solved, the student first learns to design an appropriate research objective and appropriate research questions. Then students learn to set up the research project according to the following research strategies: the experiment, the survey and the case study. By the end of the course students will be able to hand in a complete, detailed and feasible research project.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course students are able to:
- develop a conceptual research design; including an adequate research objective, a research issue and an operationalization for abstract concepts;
- develop a technical research design; including an adequate argumentation for a chosen research strategy and drafting a plan for data generation and data analysis;
- critically assess research proposals made by themselves or by others.


- lectures;
- workshops;
- home assignments;
- studying of literature.


The course will be examined by both a written exam and the developed research proposal. The final mark for this course will be based on the written examination score (50%) and the score for the research proposal (50%). Both the written exam and the research proposal will have to be valued at least a 5.5.


Boeije, H., H. 't Hart & J. Hox. Onderzoeksmethoden, 8e druk. Amsterdam: boom.

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