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Archived Curricula Guide 2017–2019
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PCP03 Experimental Methods 5 ECTS
Organised by
Master's Degree Programme in Public Choice
Person in charge
Professor in North American Studies and visitor
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Curricula 2015 – 2017
PCP03 Experimental Methods 5 ECTS


Strategic themes: Internationalisation

Learning outcomes

This class familiarizes students with the tool of experimental methods. The students learn how experiments are designed to test social science theories. They also learn to identify and eliminate nuisance variables that can cause data problems. They learn to design and run their own social science experiments, and write a research paper based on the results.


Experimental methods is a field of growing importance in the social sciences, in which decision making is tested in a controlled laboratory environment. The resulting data are used to evaluate theories as well as to test and fine tune policies that could not easily be tested with naturally occurring data. The spectrum of applications for experimental research is broad, including but not limited to international relations, voting theory, public economics, and game theory. This course surveys experimental research in many of these fields and provides a basic framework for designing and constructing experiments.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English
In English
Research Project  Project / practical work 
In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
class participation and assignments (50%), research project (50%)

Study materials

Journal articles, selected textbook chapters, use of Charles Holt?s web-based experiments (veconlab) (course requires access to microlab)

Further information

Number of students (min-max):

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Social Sciences