Empirical Social Science Research – intensive short course


Hargeysa Cultural Centre announces its pre HIBF Courses

Empirical Social Science Research – intensive short course
29 June – 15 July 2016 – register by 28 June 2016


This course gives an introduction into key concepts of social science research. It will therefore start at the formulation of a research question, advance through the specification of a theory and the deduction of hypotheses, to the operationalisation of concepts and data collection. While we will have Data Analysis in mind, it will NOT be a part of this course. Starting out largely theoretically, it will quickly become a training of practical skills that every Social Science Researcher needs. Students will prepare a research proposal, and design and trial a short survey in this course.

There will be two weeks of daily courses. The courses will be structured into two halves of 1.5 to 2 hours each. The first half will contain an interactive lecture, whereas the second half will be used for supervised student practice. Additionally, students will be required to read some literature on the topic and have some additional homework in the end of the course for the conduct of the short survey.

Upon completion of this course students shall know how to evaluate and write a proposal for an Empirical Social Science Research project. Additionally, they will have some first practical experience in the conduct of data collection.

The graduation from course will be certified. To successfully complete this course, students are required to conduct a research project and pass an exam.

To successfully participate in this course a good command of English is necessary. Students will be required to read English scientific literature, write coherently and communicate fluently in spoken English. Furthermore, basic numeracy will be required. Most importantly, students will have to be motivated to follow this demanding course and to become an Empirical Social Science Researcher.

Preliminary schedule
Week 1
Day 1 – Housekeeping, introduction and the scientific method
Day 2 – Theory and Research Design
Day 3 – Operationalization and Measurement
Day 4 – Causation
Day 5 – Case Selection
Day 6 – Questionnaire Design

Week 2
Day 7 – Question Wording
Day 8 – Quantitative Data Collection
Day 9 – Qualitative and Comparative Research
Day 10 – Visualization
Day 11 – Inferential Research Designs
Day 12 – Warp up and Exam
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The Hargeysa Cultural Center was opened in August 2014 in Hargeysa, Somaliland. The Center was established by Redsea Cultural Foundation (RCF). Since its establishment, the Hargeysa Cultural Center has become an important feature in Hargeysa’s cultural landscape. The success of the center owes much to the respect that RCF has gained from its work on running the annual Hargeysa International Book Fair, which, now in its eighth year, has become one of the most admired cultural events in the region.

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