Vienna, Austria


when 17 February 2013 - 22 February 2013
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC

In an applied manner, the course addresses the question “How to design a research in social sciences?”. It starts from scratch, hence is targeted at students who did part of their BA or MA studies in a field different from the social sciences or who have only had some basic training in qualitative and/or quantitative methods and who have not yet followed a comprehensive research design seminar. Therefore, crucial decisions that have to be taken when designing a research process in social sciences, from problem definition and recognition of different research strategies (approaches) to harmonised selection of data collection, analysis and interpretations strategies, will be presented during the lectures. During the seminar part students are expected to prepare and discuss the backbone of a research design (a made-up case, approached with different strategies).
In the introductory part of the course, factors that decisively shape major characteristics of the intended research are introduced and discussed. In the main part, basic characteristics of methods and techniques that can typically be applied in various steps of research process are presented, discussed and illustrated with examples from a diverse field of social sciences to finally conclude with highly abstract and idealised concept of various predetermined types of research designs, without discriminating any of them in favour of the other.

Course leader

Samo Kropivnik
University of Ljubljana

Target group

advanced students and junior researchers in political science and adjacent disciplines

Course aim

as above

Credits info

2 EC
Participants have the opportunity to gain 2 ECTS credits from the University of Vienna for attending an Introductory or Advanced Courses (15 hours). Participants must successfully complete their course, and successfully complete their project assignment in order to obtain 2 ECTS credits – Transcripts will be sent to the participants by The University of Vienna.

For all courses being attended (Introductory, Advanced and/or Software Training Courses), participants also receive a certificate of attendance.

Certificates of accreditation (if applicable) as well as certificates of attendance are sent to the participants after the Winter School has ended, by the University of Vienna

Fee info

EUR 0: ECPR Member – €495
Non-ECPR Member – €690
ECPR Member who has attended the ECPR SSMT 2012* – €445
Non-ECPR Member who has attended the ECPR SSMT 2012* – €640
*There is a €50 loyalty discount deducted from all Introductory and Advanced Courses to participants who attended the 2012
Summer School in Methods and Techniques (SSMT) in Ljubljana (this discount does not apply to Software Training Courses).


Self funded students from ECPR member institutions will be able to apply for funding in the form of scholarship funds and travel and accommodation grants. Please use the following link for further information: