Methods of Agroeconomic and Sociological Research

Duration Time 13 weeks
Certificate yes
Lessons 0
Course features
Compulsory Course
Credits : 5
RE&D Department
Lecture Hours : 3
Lab Hours : 2
Spring Semester
Assistant Professor
His research interests generally concern the challenges of post-productive rural areas and are related to the transformation and multifunctionality of rural space, the protection, management and planning of the rural landscape, local entrepreneurship, the commons and the social economy, the production-processing-tourism-culture-sport interface and the promotion of history, collective memory and landscape values through ecomuseums and sustainable/ territorial development.
Laboratory & Teaching Staff
He has participated in projects regarding the Rural Development and Farm Management, with emphasis in the Statistical Analysis of Economics Data with use of PC and in the Creation of completed Informative systems.
Course Content


The course is divided into two parts: the theoretical and the practical involving the laboratory work. In the theoretical part of the course the student understands that the target of research is explorative, descriptive and explanatory. At the explorative stage, the target is to help the breaking down of the questions and the preparation of the research. The most important part of the socio-economic research is the descriptive part which uses both the quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection. At the explanatory level, the target is to identify the causes and reasons why something is happening. Thus, the student is taught how he/she will follow the steps/stages of the research process from asking the basic research question to the design of the research, the selection of method, the collection of information, the analysis of findings with the use of appropriate technical tools, their explanation and the writing up and dissemination of results.

In the laboratory, the student receives the knowledge of sampling, the counting tools and the methods of analysis with the use of SPSS.

The course has been included in the programme “open courses- central register for Greek open courses” financed by the EU.

After the completion of the course, the student will have:

  • obtained the theoretical knowledge to pose and investigate a research question
  • developed the technical skills for the investigation of social and economic problems in rural areas
  • acquired the capacity to understand and explain the socioeconomic phenomena studied
  • discovered regularity and order behind socioeconomic phenomena and will have obtained the ability to place their explanation in the modern context of their operation
  • obtained the theoretical knowledge and the technical skills to manage and handle critical problems in research and development at a national and international level
  • develop the capacity to analyze data/information, synthesize findings, explain and compose final reports

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