Methods of international comparative research

Instructors: Instructor: Prof. Antal Orkeny, Prof. Maria Szekelyi

Field: methodology, comparative analysis

Course description

The course is intended to provide an integrative perspective on cross-national comparative research for panel and repeated cross-sectional data, methods and analysis. The course will give some ideas how longitudinal, cross-national or cross-sectional projects may be designed, how a proposal should look, how adequate analytical methods can be selected, and how the results are best presented. The course is organized around research projects designed individually by the participants based on available data sources. Each student selects a problem of interest, conducts a brief review of relevant literature, develops research hypotheses and a measurement instrument with which to test these hypotheses, selects an adequate sample, and analyzes the obtained data. Periodic assignments corresponding to each stage of the research process will be submitted on each of the topics below.

(Csepeli, Gy., Orkeny, A., Szekelyi, M. 2000. Grappling with National Identity. How nations see each other in Central Europe. Budapest: Akademiai Kiado)

Antal Orkeny, Gyorgy Csepeli, Maria Szekelyi, Janos Poor, Zoltan Varhalmi / Nemzeti erzes es europai identitas. (National Sentiments and European Identity) Budapest, 2007. Arktisz Kiado

Hantrais, L. and Mangen, S. Cross-National Research Methods in the Social Sciences, London/New York: Pinter.

Kohn, M.L. (ed.) (1989) Cross-National Research in Sociology, Newbury Park: Sage.

Smelser, N. (1976) Comparative Methods in the Social Sciences, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.: Prentice Hall

Data source:

ISSP moduls

European Social Survey

World Value Survey


Carpathian Project