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

Degree programme: Bachelor Social Work Fulltime
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Summer Semester 2022

Course unit title Empiricism for Social Work
Course unit code 048512022102
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Summer Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Frederic FREDERSDORF, Carmen HOFER-TEMMEL

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

This seminar introduces into the methodology of social sciences. Students acquire competencies following processes and results of scientific research in empirical studies in the field of social sciences. They are empowered by these competencies to reflect empirical studies and to understand and to discuss their results.

Learning outcomes

Students acquire basic knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research in the field of social sciences and use it in exercises.They get an overview on methods and procedures of qualitative and quantitative surveys and on analyses of social data. Students know the differences of methods and are able to value them. Beyond that they read and interpret statistics from different academic surveys.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Seminar with exercises

Assessment methods and criteria

Part 1: Term paper

Part 2: Oral examination



Recommended or required reading

Diekmann, Andreas (2017): Empirische Sozialforschung: Grundlagen, Methoden, Anwendungen. 11. Aufl. Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag.

Lamnek, Siegfried; Krell, Claudia (2016): Qualitative Sozialforschung: Lehrbuch. 6. Aufl. Winheim: Beltz.

Mayer, Horst O (2013): Interview und schriftliche Befragung: Grundlagen und Methoden empirischer Sozialforschung. 6. Aufl. München: Oldenbourg.

Mayring, Philipp (2015): Qualitative Inhaltsanalyse: Grundlagen und Techniken. 12. Aufl. Weinheim, Bergstr: Beltz, J.

Steinert, Erika; Thiele, Gisela (2008): Sozialarbeitsforschung für Studium und Praxis: Einführung in die qualitativen und quantitativen Methoden. Frankfurt am Main; New York: Peter Lang.

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