280.159 Methods of Empirical Social Research
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Aim of course


  • get an overview of the relevant spatial planning methods of empirical social research;

  • learn the appropriate use of the methods of empirical social research for the different topics of space and place;

  • can classify critical the different methods and understand the differences between standardized and non- standardized research;

  • immerse themselves in the acquired knowledge of methods from the lecture in the practice part of the course;

  • arrange a qualitative method in the context of domestic work and reflect their own scientific approach;

  • can face the variety of data collection and analysis techniques in the end of the course, and known mainly interventional and spatially methods in theory and practice.

Subject of course

At first, the background of the methods of empirical social research is outlined, with the significant division into quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical social research.
In terms of quantitative methods are mainly the research steps, hypothesis formation and the development and application of questionnaires in the foreground. Much time of the course is devoted to the qualitative methods. The important qualitative data collection methods (interviews, observation, group discussion)  for the daily work of planners be learned in their individual approach, their methodological structure and its implementation. Based on this information we discusse different qualitative analysis approaches and the qualitative content analysis as a relevant method of analysis and practical will be learned in the practical part of the course. In addition to this, new methodological process of spatial planning as intervening methods, methods of participations (e.g. mental maps), social area analysis will presented. The lecture is accompanied by an practical part, with best-practice and real examples.

Additional information

  • Unterstützend zu den Folien der VU gibt es einen Reader zur Lehrveranstaltung, der ab dem Kick Off-Termin im Handapparat der Institutsbibliothek zur Verfügung stehen wird (Augasse 2-6, 2.Stock/ Spange A, Raum WA 02 K19)
  • Anwesenheitspflicht bei allen Einheiten!



Course dates

Tue10:00 - 12:0012.03.2019 - 25.06.2019Seminarraum W92 Vorlesungsübung
Tue10:00 - 12:0012.03.2019 SemRaum W92Kick Off
Tue10:00 - 12:0003.03.2020 - 10.03.2020Hörsaal 6 - RPL Vorlesungs-Übung
Methods of Empirical Social Research - Single appointments
Tue12.03.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum W92 Vorlesungsübung
Tue12.03.201910:00 - 12:00 SemRaum W92Kick Off
Tue19.03.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum W92 Vorlesungsübung
Tue26.03.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum W92 Vorlesungsübung
Tue02.04.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum W92 Vorlesungsübung
Tue09.04.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum W92 Vorlesungsübung
Tue30.04.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum W92 Feedbacktermin
Tue07.05.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum W92 Vorlesungsübung
Tue14.05.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum W92 Vorlesungsübung
Tue21.05.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum W92 Vorlesungsübung
Tue28.05.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum W92 Vorlesungsübung
Tue18.06.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum W92 Vorlesungsübung
Tue25.06.201910:00 - 12:00Seminarraum W92 Klausur 1
Tue03.03.202010:00 - 12:00Hörsaal 6 - RPL Vorlesungs-Übung
Tue10.03.202010:00 - 12:00Hörsaal 6 - RPL Vorlesungs-Übung

Examination modalities

  • exam for course content (1st date of examination 25.06.2019; 2nd date: 02.07.2019)

  • distribution of homework in the practical part of the course (Deadline: 31.07. 2019)

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
18.02.2019 00:05 11.03.2019 23:55 18.03.2019 23:55


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
033 240 Spatial Planning 4. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


Es gibt einen Reader mit Texten aus unterschiedlichen Einführungsbüchern der "Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung", der ab dem Kick Off-Termin im Handapparat der Institutsbibliothek zur Verfügung stehen wird (Augasse 2-6, 2.Stock/ Spange A, Raum WA 02 K19).

Der Reader deckt alle Vorlesungen inhaltlich ab und kann als Ergänzung zu den bereitgestellten Folien gesehen werden.


  • Attendance Required!