Introduzione alla ricerca nelle scienze umane e sociali


Hours: 30
CFU: 3



Similarities and differences between scientific and everyday practical experience;

Problem of universality;

Empiricism; Positivism;

Critical rationalism;



Criticism of critical rationalism: Feyerabend u. Kuhn;

Critical psychology;

Sociology of knowledge;

Meta-theory and basics of qualitative and quantitative research strategies.


Course objectives

This lecture introduces the history of thought in empirical research. The students realize that different forms of method-guided research are always tied to different attitudes towards epis-temological or scientific theory. Against this background they learn to comprehend the special research logic on which qualitative-reconstructive or quantitative-standardized research strat-egies are based.


Course outcomes

Since students learn to interpret empirical research methods in the context of epistemological or scientific theory, they are able to evaluate the basic subjectivity of all scientific investiga-tion and evaluation methods. Achievement of the course objectives is tested through a written final exam.


Stefan Hampl

Hampl Stefan

Vice-preside della Facoltà di Psicologia della Sigmund Freud Privat Universität Vienna. Vice-rettore per la Didattica. Ricercatore in Psicologia Sociale e dei Media.

Mihalits Dominik

Vice-preside della Facoltà di Psicologia della Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität Vienna. Coordinatore didattico Vienna-Milano.