Project Description

Cross-national Comparative Research in the Social Sciences

In case that due to the Covid-19 pandemic an on-campus summerschool is not possible, this module will take place online.

Module content

  • Learn how to use statistical tools to analyse research questions on how social contexts affect individuals (e.g. Does income inequality lead to depression? Why is trust in the police higher in some countries than in others?)
  • Work with multilevel/hierarchical models for analysing the influence of contextual characteristics on individual outcomes
  • Programme – The course is taught in English (4 ECTS)
  • Requirements – Bachelor’s and Master’s students in the Social Sciences (e.g. Sociology, Anthropology). Open for other disciplines
  • Programme fee – tba. (includes all study materials, transcript of records, and health, liability and accident insurance as well as a public transportation ticket within Frankfurt).
  • Application deadline – tba.

Course description

Sociological research often deals with the question of how social contexts affect individuals. For example: Does income inequality lead to depression? Do nationalist political parties undermine support for redistribution? Why is trust in the police higher in some countries than in others? Comparative research tackles such questions.

This course introduces the statistical tools to analyze these (and many other) research questions. The methodological focus is on multilevel models, also called hierarchical models. Such models allow to analyze the influence of contextual characteristics on individual outcomes. Throughout the course, we will work with the statistical software Stata and data from the European Social Survey. Students should have basic statistical knowledge and high interest in quantitative research.

This module is part of part of the course Cross-national Comparative Research in the Social Sciences. It consists of two modules on statistical techniques that are useful in cross-national comparative research (and any other comparative research): Multilevel analysis and multi-group structural equation modeling. The two modules make use of the same software and data, which allows students to easily integrate the knowledge from both courses into their own substantive research projects. However, both courses also stand on their own and is it not necessary to visit both courses.

The course comprises 28 contact hours (8*3.5 hours). Upon successful completion, 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points will be awarded for the module. A single ECTS point is defined as the equivalent of 25 to 30 hours of student workload. This includes class hours, additional preparations for class activities, readings, assignments as well as final assessments.

Attendance: Participants have to attend at least 80 % of the classes.

Instructors

Prof. Dr. Alexander Schmidt-Catran

Prof. Dr. Alexander Schmidt-Catran is professor of sociology with a focus on methods for quantitative empirical research. He teaches statistics at the BA, MA and PhD-level. He is the author of a textbook on the analysis of panel data and author of several journal articles on multilevel models. His substantive research focusses on attitudes toward migration and the welfare state. He published papers in the American Sociological Review, the European Sociological Review, Sociological Methodology and Sociological Methods & Research.

Dr. Christian Czymara

Dr. Christian Czymara is a researcher and lecturer. His work focuses on immigration, ethnic conflict, political communication, public opinion from a quantitative perspective. He teaches quantitative methods and research trainings on the MA level. He published papers on attitudes toward immigrants in the European Sociological Review and the Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie.

Zsófia Ignácz, PhD

Zsófia S. Ignácz is a lecturer and researcher. Her research focuses on topics related to social justice perception and European integration. She teaches quantitative methods at the BA and MA level. Her most recent publications include European Solidarity in Times of Crisis (2019, Routledge, with J. Gerhards, H. Lengfeld, F. Kley, and M. Priem), The Remains of the Socialist Legacy: The Influence of Socialist Socialization on Attitudes toward Income Inequality (Societies, 2018); Social Cohesion and Its Correlates (Comparative Sociology, 2018, with J. Delhey, K. Boehnke, G. Dragolov, M. Larsen, J. Lorenz, M. Koch).