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About the Course

Welcome! Are you looking to learn more about how to conduct scientific research, specifically in an urban or local context? Then you have found the right course: Studying Cities: Social Science Methods for Urban Research by the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam. During the course you will gain more insight in the different steps of the research cycle, and build a firm foundation for your own future research endeavors. Before any (urban) researcher may start conducting research, it is crucial to understand the different aspects and elements of doing research. The course will guide you through the various steps of the research cycle to provide you with the basic knowledge necessary for any Master-level program, but with a special focus on urban and local development. The course starts with introductory lectures on the problem statement, research objective, empirical cycle and the research question. Over the following weeks you will also learn the components and criteria of the theoretical framework and operationalization, research strategies, and the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. You will be provided with the necessary tools to understand and evaluate these key steps in scientific research by watching video lectures with in-video questions and by completing the final peer review, which will use all the elements you have learnt throughout the course....

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Nov 22, 2020

Such a rigorous, thorough and enjoyable course - you really feel like you are learning fantastic content and technical skills. it behaves well as a foundational framework for urban analytics.


Dec 26, 2021

Excellent course. Gives you a complete understanding of Urban Research methods and use of data collection technology and resolve. Use of syntax and strategy selection.

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By Syeda I N

Sep 24, 2019

It has helped me a lot. It was a very effective course on Social Science Methods for Urban Research in Studying Cities. Thanks a lot to Course era and the IHS family to give me such an opportunity to gather knowledge once again after completing UMDT 5 in 2014. It was great!!

By Aye N C T

Jul 16, 2020

A very useful course and worth to join. Learned new applied Social Science methods in specific details for doing urban research.

By Noor T

Jul 9, 2021

This is a great course because of its specialized content. Perfect for students moving to grad and post- grad studies.

By Branislav T T

May 22, 2020

Everything went almost perfect, except the last task which was too demanding. I recommend to think about another, more appropriate and not so time consuming knowledge assessment methods in this course. Also, some student are revengeful, meaning if you assess their task objectively that those are wear tasks, they do the same to your task no matter how good you did yours. Try to think about more objective way of assessing the final task as well.

By Gabriel M

Dec 21, 2020

Excellent course ir you are in a process of making a thesis in a urban problem. It is very organized with a great content

By Bruna S

May 7, 2021

The course offers a great opportunity to learn about methods of academic research with a focus on urban planning.

By Augusto A

May 26, 2020

This is a great course for those who want to pursue in studying cities.

By Abdo M

Apr 23, 2021

Great course for students who want to prepare their thesis proposal.

By Katheryn P

Oct 7, 2020

Very good course. It helped me with my degree project.

By James

Jun 12, 2023

A decent course, however a lot of the focus fell on research methodology and statistics. While this was interesting they were general concepts which belonged in a general stats course. I was looking for something which focused more on the challenges in conducting research in cities. Yes, surveys can gather information but *HOW* to conduct a survey. I know what questions to ask and how to structure the survey but how to get surveys to the right people and enough people. (this is just one example - same could be said for interviews, etc.)

By Olenka E P D l M

Apr 10, 2021

Personally I found the this course useful because presents all the steps to prepare a research proposal from the very beginning, all the presentation are clearly explained (there could be some terms not everyone know, but is possible to review complementary bibliography to understand better some concepts). However, something to improve could be the quizes since sometimes are too textual anyway are helpful to remember what was explained in each session. The final task is interesting, it allows to evaluate examples of research proposals as well as to be critic to score each part of it justifying properly and also to evaluate other students' evaluations and provide them a feed back. Many thanks to the team of professors!

By Ava P

Jan 11, 2023

I am so delighted now cause After graduating from university, I wanted to learn more about common research methods between urban planning and the social sciences. I knew that to get answers before I acted, I first needed to understand the process of getting my questions answered. In this course, I learned to organize my mind to solve my question by choosing the best methods. I also understood the different aspects and elements of conducting research.

Thanks to the professors of this course. 🙏

By Mallih N

Oct 7, 2022

This course was excellent, organized and structured. There is no extra or premeditated talk in it. The instructors are very organized and the videos have excellent recording and processing quality. All the presented texts are well thought out and structured without extraneous or marginal words. Speakers are polite, without extra movement, and the fonts of the texts are legible, simple and formal. All in all, I really enjoyed it!

By vidya G

Jun 7, 2021

The most important part I liked is the very comprehensive evaluation by me , a research proposal of Tenzic Temang, during his successful completion of for M.Sc degree in Urban Management ( UMD) from the Institute for Housing & Urban Development (IHS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam ( EUR) in the year 2017.

By Satwant B

Dec 28, 2019

The course on Studying cities has helped me to expand my scope pf research in urban studies form Historical research methods to a interdisciplinary methodology. The video lectures, notes and assignments have kept me on my toes and enhanced my research skills as social scientist.

By Caroline c

Dec 17, 2020

The course really helped me to have a clear picture on conceptualizing research with substantial knowledge on relevant procedures. It is going to help me in my present job as well as to prepare proposal for my PhD.

By N d R

Jul 30, 2022

Clearly provided basis for decision making in formulating studies and possible methodologies to be used. I am now more confident in making studies related to my field of studies. Very useful and practical.

By Nurbek A

Dec 13, 2020

This course is really interesting in design and the way it examines knowledge, attention, and general logic. Itself, the course is very important and helps to provide insight into the learning experience.

By Tabinda S

Nov 23, 2020

Such a rigorous, thorough and enjoyable course - you really feel like you are learning fantastic content and technical skills. it behaves well as a foundational framework for urban analytics.

By John F B L

Jun 5, 2022

El curso es muy completo, las preguntas invitan a reflexiones e investigaciones extra. A veces puede parecer muy complejo, pero obligan a prestar atención a los detalles. Me gustó mucho.

By Keith H

Dec 27, 2021

Excellent course. Gives you a complete understanding of Urban Research methods and use of data collection technology and resolve. Use of syntax and strategy selection.

By Аксанов Д О

Mar 21, 2020

The course is enjoyable and exciting! Being a non-specialist I got great pleasure studying this interesting and comprehensive course to improve my general knowledge.

By mohammad n

Feb 24, 2022

They presented a regular and coherent model of various quantitative and qualitative research methods in the best way, which was very instructive and useful for me.

By Mohamud Y

Dec 28, 2022

well prepared course, with great instructors and its good for students, governments and institutions around the world as well.

By Vaida

Mar 15, 2021

Thank you for a consistent, helpful and informative course on Social Science Methods for Urban Research.