Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Master Sustainable Energy Systems
Type of degree: FH Master´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2023

Course unit title Research Project: Social Sciences
Course unit code 800101023200
Language of instruction
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Elective
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2023
Teaching hours per week 4
Year of study 2023
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum Second Cycle (Master)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6
Name of lecturer(s) Erika GESER-ENGLEITNER

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Communicative and social competence, autonomy, basic knowledge in statistics (central and spread measures); costs for the survey phase abroad must be borne individually and amount to a total of approx. 1,000 EUR; the research camp will take place during the lecture-free period probably from July 12 to July 18, 2021.

Course content

Scientific positions, qualitative and quantitative methods of social research, research design, research planning

Learning outcomes

During two consecutive semesters students

  • participate in a research project which is organized in the form of a research camp abroad in the summer semester,
  • acquire and improve their competencies of theoretical and methodological know-how of social science research on the basis of a real example,
  • define individual learning and working aims in cooperation with the coach,
  • plan the application of social science research methods,
  • implement the evaluations and documentation depending on the status of their project.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Second semester of a two semester lasting research training inside the Research Group Empirical Social Sciences for one student with previous application and selection. Method: guided self learning, realization of a social science study.

Assessment methods and criteria

Level of defined learning and working targets with reference to previous knowledge of the student - documentation of learning outcome and project realization.


This module constitutes the second cycle of the module "Research Project: Social Sciences“ which has been started under the same title in the precedent summer term.

Recommended or required reading

Examples for possible projects can be found under and in the miscellany: Fredersdorf, Frederic (Ed.) (2015): Anwendungsorientierte Sozial- und Sozialarbeitsforschung in Vorarlberg. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. Wiesbaden.

Further readings:

Atteslander, A. (132010); Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung. ESV. Berlin

Diekmann, A. (42007): Empirische Sozialforschung - Grundlagen, Methoden, Anwendungen. Rowohlt. Reinbek

Hug, T. & Pospeschill, M. (2010): Empirisch forschen. UTB. München u.a.

Lamnek, S. & Krell, C. (62016): Qualitative Sozialforschung: Mit Online-Materialien. Beltz. Weinheim

Pospeschill, M. (2010): Testtheorie, Testkonstruktion, Testevaluation. UTB. München u.a.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

coaching, instruction, self learning