Scientific Writing and Qualitative Research Methods

Part 1 – scientific theses: • Methods of literature research in databases • Reading techniques, organisation of literature • Organisation and structure of scientific theses, scientific language Part 2 – qualitative research: • Scientific theory (especially interpretative paradigm) • Interview forms and techniques • Application (contruction of guidelines, access to the field), documentation (transcripts and minutes) • Evaluation and analysis (qualitative content analysis) • Carrying out a qualitative research project

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Atteslander, P. (2008). Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung (12. Aufl.). Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag Berger-Grabner, D. (2016). Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten in den Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften. Hilfreiche Tipps und praktische Beispiele (3. Aufl.). Berlin: Springer. Diekmann, A. (2014): Empirische Sozialforschung (9. Aufl.). Hamburg: rowohlt Häder, M. (2015). Empirische Sozialforschung. Eine Einführung (3. Aufl.). Berlin: Springer. Mey, G. und Mruck, K. (2010). Handbuch qualitative Forschung in der Psychologie. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag. Mayring, P. (2015). Qualitative Inhaltsanalyse. Grundlagen und Techniken (12. Aufl.). Weinheim: Beltz. Wolfsberger, J. (2016). Frei geschrieben. Mut, Freiheit und Strategie für wissenschaftliche Abschlussarbeiten (4. Aufl.). Wien: facultas wuv.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, discussion, project work, presentation, final written exam, feedback, e-learning, self-organised learning

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment, final presentation and final written exam

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

Digital HR & angewandtes Arbeitsrecht



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



2 SS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course, the students can • search for scientific specialised literature in databases and evaluate their quality • write summaries and excerpts of texts and compare different points of view • formulate research questions for qualitative research projects and develop a research design • select suitable methods for the purpose of acquisition, evaluation and analysis and justify the choice methodically and epistemologically apply the selected methods in practice • evaluate qualitative data by means of qualitative content analysis • critically reflect on and interpret results

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