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

Degree programme: Master Sustainable Energy Systems
Type of degree: FH Master´s Degree Programme
Summer Semester 2021

Course unit title Research Project: Social Sciences
Course unit code 800101013200
Language of instruction German / English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Elective
Semester when the course unit is delivered Summer Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 4
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated 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,
  • depending on work status realize first surveys, which they continue during the next semester.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

First 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 course constitutes the first cycle of the module "Research Project: Social Sciences“ which will be continued under the same title in the subsequent winter 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