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Experimental Design for Social Scientists - SIMM49

7.5 credits


Course Decription

The aim of the course is to introduce the student to experimental research in the social sciences. The course covers all elements of designing experiments, including setting up research questions connected to theory, designing the structure of the experiment, selecting appropriate measurements and planning for analysis and data- handling.

The course covers natural experiments, laboratory experiments, field experiments, interventions and experiments on the web. In addition, the course also covers reproducibility/replicability, validity, reliability, and ethical issues when conducting research on humans.

Some of the concepts are illustrated by simple statistics and web-simulations.

PhD students

This course is also offered as a PhD course. For more information on this option, please see the Social Sciences Faculty website.

Online course platform

This course uses Canvas as the online course platform. The course platform will be opened one week before the course begins to all students who were accepted. Here you will be able to access literature, assignments, announcements, as well as participate in discussions and communicate with teachers. 


The course schedule can be found under the course information on the right. Please note that the final version of the schedule will be made available four weeks before the course begins, and changes may occur until that point. A more detailed schedule will be available on the course platform on Canvas.