Somaliland: Empirical Social Sciemce Research Training Course


Research methodologies training opportunity in Hargeisa 

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Somalilandsun- This course gives an introduction into key concepts of social science research. It will therefore start at the formulation of a research question, advance through the specification of a theory and the deduction of hypotheses, to the operationalisation of concepts and data collection. While we will have Data Analysis in mind, it will NOT be a part of this course. Starting out largely theoretically, it will quicklybecome a training of practical skills that every Social Science Researcher needs. Students will prepare a research proposal, and design and trial a short survey in this course.

There will be two weeks of daily courses. The courses will be structured into two halves of 1.5 to 2 hours each. The first half will contain an interactive lecture, whereas the second half will be used for supervised student practice. Additionally, students will be required to read some literature on the topic and have some additional homework in the end of the course for the conduct of the short survey. 

Dates: 29-06-2016 – 19.07.2016

Time: 08:00 – 10:30

Place: Gallery / Lecture room – Hargeysa Cultural Centre

Lecturer: Hayaan Nur

Learning Goal

Upon completion of this course students shall know how to evaluate and write a proposal for an Empirical Social Science Research project. Additionally, they will have some first practical experience in the conduct of data collection. 


The graduation from course will be certified. To successfully complete this course, students are required to conduct a research project and pass an exam. 


To successfully participate in this course a good command of English is necessary. Students will be required to read English scientific literature, write coherently and communicate fluently in spoken English. Furthermore, basic numeracy will be required. Most importantly, students will have to be motivated to follow this demanding course and to become an Empirical Social Science Researcher. 

Preliminary schedule 

Week 1 

Day 1 – Housekeeping, introduction and the scientific method

Day 2 – Theory and Research Design 

Day 3 – Operationalization and Measurement 

Day 4 – Causation 

Day 5 – Case Selection 

Day 6 – Questionnaire Design 

Week 2 

Day 7 – Question Wording 

Day 8 – Quantitative Data Collection 

Day 9 – Qualitative and Comparative Research 

Day 10 – Visualization 

Day 11 – Inferential Research Designs

Day 12 – Warp up and Exam 

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For further Information, please contact  the organizers