In order to ensure the academic performance and competitiveness of social science doctoral students, the Subject Board Social Sciences of the Graduate School complements its chair- and project-based doctoral training with a cross-institutional methods program.
The cross-institutional methods program consists of both recurring and singular events. The flexible part is tailored to the current needs and demands of the doctoral students in the social sciences. The following modules form the stable pillar of the methods program:
This module is devoted to contemporary forms of work organization, data documentation and publication. It defines the link between empirical analysis and publication and serves the growing replication demands in the social science disciplines.
This module provides an introduction to the practical implementation of basic statistical analyses using simple survey or macro data. It is specifically aimed at doctoral students without substantive prior methodological knowledge.
This module is aimed at statistically qualified doctoral students without experience in R, but competences in other relevant statistical programs (SPSS, Stata or SAS). It establishes an advanced quantitative method¬ology culture and strengthens the statistical cooperation skills of doctoral students within and between the social sciences.
This module deals with new models for the visualization of data and research results. The paradigmatic shift from static, tabular presentations to the graphical representation of statistics will be addressed here.
This module deals with qualitative methods and designs in social science research. It supports doctoral students in collecting non-standard text and/or image data, extracting patterns and/or meanings from them and articulating them in research papers.
All events are taught by experts from the UZH and other universities. These experts are both methodologically qualified and trained in the social sciences. They are able to link the motivated technical skills to specific subjects and problems of the social sciences.
Courses and workshops are mainly blocked events. The working language is usually English. They are announced in the UZH course catalogue, evaluated anonymously and in a standardized manner.