What is empiricism? What is research or science? What is empirical human and social re-search?
Methods of scientific conclusions;
What does “cognitive interest” mean? (including prior assumptions and prerequisites of scien-tific research)
What is a research problem?
Discussion of concrete research examples (Marienthal Study; comparative studies from the 1930s – The Gang & The Taxi Dance Hall)
The role of fear in research: Georges Devereux
Introduction to Ethnomethodology
Goffman’s theory on social roles and role distance
Students are aware of the (philosophical) prior assumptions and prerequisites of empirical research.
Students gain a basic understanding of the concept of scientific experience. They are furthermore – in close contact with the Scientific Working Methods course – introduced to the formulation of one of the first major pro-seminar projects.