Prof. Dr. Claudius Wagemann - Teaching

Our teaching primarily concentrates on social science methods. For Bachelor students, we offer the compulsory Introduction to Empirical Social Science Methods, in alternation with Daniela Grunow's team. We also regularly offer methods application courses, especially in the area of research application.

For Master students, our chair organizes the course Research Design: Comparative Case Studies every winter semester. This course is compulsory for the MA program “Comparative Democracy", but it is also open to students in the other MA programs of our department and in the interdisciplinary MA in East Asian Studies (MEAS). We consider this course to be important for successfully designing (comparative) MA theses. Constantin Ruhe offers a complementary course on statistical inference. Still for the MA programs, Benedikt Bender regularly offers a research training course in the field of political economy, interest groups, welfare state, and social policy (next time in the winter semester 2022/23), and Claudius Wagemann offers a research training course on the method of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) (planned for the winter semester 2023/24).

The colloquium, which is intended to support the students in the development of their theses, follows an innovative structure.

Our range of courses also regularly includes other courses (such as Lukas Brenner's BA course on concepts, his MA course on case studies, and Benedikt Bender's BA course on welfare states) and our course for future school teachers, 'Democracy - Theory and practice', taught by Nils Sartorius every other year.

Our teaching is based on the principle that onsite courses and self-study elements must complement each other in a meaningful way. We work with a didactically differentiated approach and each course follows its own logic. We aim at providing various support mechanisms (tutorials, etc.) whenever the budget allows for that. We are looking forward to working with creative, motivated, committed and interested students and see teaching as a fruitful collaboration between teachers and learners.

English language teaching offer of the Chair in the last semesters

winter termin 2019/20  

Research Training Part I and II: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Fuzzy Sets | Evaluation
Readings in Research Design
Quantitative Text Analysis
Vertiefung Forschungsanwendung: Electoral Behavior      
Vertiefung Forschungsanwendung: Democracy and Democratization

winter term 2018/19    Research Training Part I and II: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Fuzzy Sets  
winter term 2017/18  

Research Design
Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Fuzzy Sets 

summer term 2017  

Research Training Part I and Part II:
(Mis)Perceptions in a Globalized World – Comparative Empirical Analyses of Country Images | Evaluation

winter term 2016/17  

Research Design  | Evaluation
Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Fuzzy Sets  | Evaluation

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Prof. Dr. Claudius Wagemann

Professor of Political Science
with a focus on Qualitative Empirical Social Research

Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of Political Science
Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
post office box 39
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Room: PEG Builing, 3rd floor, room 124
Phone: +49 69 798 36647  
E-Mail: wagemann[at]

Administration office:

open office hours:

Tuesday 1 - 3 p.m.
Friday 9 - 11 a.m.
Room:  PEG, 3rd floor, room 107
Phone: +49 69 798 36510
E-Mail: methoden-qualitativ[at]

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