Modern Research Methods in Social-Behavioral Sciences
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Course code
PSP8041.LT
old course code
PSP8041
Course title in Estonian
Kaasaegsed uurimismeetodid sotsiaal- ja käitumisteadustes
Course title in English
Modern Research Methods in Social-Behavioral Sciences
ECTS credits
6.0
Assessment form
Examination
lecturer of 2021/2022 Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To give survey of the main research methods of the modern social and behavioral sciences and to help understanding theoretical problems related to use of these methods. To understand relationships between theory and research methodology.

Only social science doctoral student can attend the course.
Brief description of the course
Main research methods of modern social sciences: quantitative and qualitative approaches. Main shortcomings of quantitative approaches: shortcomings related to mathematical data analysis; shortcomings that stem from ignoring the essence of the studied phenomena. Main shortcomings of qualitative research methods: shortcomings related to non-interference with the studied phenomena; limitations related to the kinds of collected data.
Seminars and independent work (reading, writing analytical summaries).
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has understanding of main research methods of the modern social and behavioral sciences
- understands problems related to use of these methods.
Teacher
Prof Aaro Toomela
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