800090 :Learning Project: Values and Civil Society in Europe


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Lectures, seminars, labs (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Literature review (individual) + groups paper (Geen informatie over tentamendata bekend)
Studielast:12 ECTS credits
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dr. L.C.J.M. Halman (coördinator)

prof. dr. P. Dekker

T.M.J. Swelsen MSc

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course is a learning project on Values and Civil Society in Europe. Students learn to do sociological research.

At the end of the course, pairs of students should be able to write a complete scientific research paper on values and/or civil society in contemporary Europe.

Students should be able to identify a scientific and societal relevant research problem, to formulate research questions to address that problem, and to adequately apply appropriate statistical analyses with available survey data to answer the research questions.

They should be able to evaluate existing sociological theories to decide about the usefulness and possibilities to apply these theories to the research questions formulated and they should be able to extract testable hypotheses from these theories or formulate a clear and specific why-question and speculations about possible mechanisms.

Students should be able to apply the basic knowledge of statistical analyses and skills (which they have learnt in the course on Statistics and Methodology) and  empirically test the formulated hypotheses using survey data from e.g., the European Values Study, International Social Survey Programme, Election Studies, European Social Survey, and other (international) data sources.

Students should be able to describe the results of the statistical analyses and interpret the results concisely and correct, evaluate the results of the analyses and assess whether or not the research problem is properly answered. They should be able to draw conclusions, critically discuss the results and formulate suggestions for future studies.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

At the end of stage one of this semester course, students write a literature review of at least 5 studies, being journal articles or book chapters, on the topic of their own choice.
In the second part of this course, students practice sociological research by a number of individual assignments and labs and they explore literature for their own (groups) research paper.
In the third part of the semester course, students write a paper (groups work).

The final grade is the weighted average of the grade of the individually written literature review (40%) and final report (60%). The individually written literature review and groupspaper must be graded 6 or more. Apart from that, the individual assignments should be sufficient.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)


This course is taught through co-teaching, which entails that more than a single professor is responsible for teaching the course and guiding the students that take it.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. A selection (to be announced) of chapters from: Stefan Immerfall & Goran Therborn (Eds.) 2010. Handbook of European Societies. Social Transformations in the 21st Century. New York, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London: Springer.

    The book can be ordered via Springer link: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-0-387-88199-7. Make sure to have a (TiU) VPN connection, otherwise you pay the full price.

  2. Further literature to be announced

Vereiste voorkennis

Prior knowledge of what is taught in the courses on Statistics and Methodology in the first semester is required.

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