Structural equation modeling
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-SCS107
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Social and Cultural Sciences;
dr. ing. W.M. van der Veld
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dr. ing. W.M. van der Veld
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Contactperson for the course
dr. ing. W.M. van der Veld
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dr. ing. W.M. van der Veld
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Academic year2020
PER3  (25/01/2021 to 04/04/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Knowledge: Students will learn that the SEM framework is the most comprehensive framework to analyse social science data. It is not only a statistical method, but also a methodological tool to explain the world around us and to develop new theories.
Skills: Students will learn to specify and test structural equation models. In addition, students will learn how to interpret the output and draw conclusions about the theory that was the basis for the analysis.
Attitudes: Students should learn to appreciate statistics as a tool, rather than an end. In addition, they should learn to live with the fact that there is no black and white in scientific research, i.e. that there are no fixed rules to judge the appropriateness of a theory. Students should learn to appreciate the value of the literature and theoretical knowledge to make scientific judgments.
Structural equation modeling (SEM) is a comprehensive method for the quantification and testing of (causal) theories. It is popular among psychologists, sociologists, economists and marketing researchers. In SEM the (causal) processes under study are represented in terms of structural equations. These equations describe how the concepts, constituting these processes, are related to each other. These relations are commonly depicted in the form of a path model, which is a graphical representation of the theory under study. During the lab assignments students will learn how to use SEM in social scientific research, that is, students will test models that are grounded in a variety of theories in different scientific fields. The practical assignments are an important tool to deepen one's understanding of the choices that are made in the research process. 

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
The exam is a test of knowledge, skills, and too a lesser degree academic attitude. 

Assumed previous knowledge
Regression analysis

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock PER3, Block PER4