The members of the section "Social Science Methodology and Statistics" of the Faculty of Social Science are primarily concerned with the following tasks in research and teaching:
Along with the theoretical-methodological study of the methods of empirical social research, statistical models, etc., we focus on the application of these methods in concrete research projects. In the section, topics such as the following are dealt with:
Some projects are conducted as "teaching research/Lehrforschung" (advanced seminars), which means that students learn in seminars to select and apply the appropriate models for the analysis based on a concrete research question. For example, there are courses on the research on developing countries. Furthermore, there is a course on "Evaluation of Teaching and Studies/Evaluation von Lehre und Studium", that gives students the opportunity to participate in practical research activities. Students also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with statistical programs using the computer equipment available in the section and gain insight into the problems of utilizing complex data collection in the social science.