In this introductory seminar on research methods in anthropology and sociology, we will discuss different ways to frame a research problem, to read and analyze research findings, and to critically evaluate claims of 'truth' about the social world. Challenging the quantitative and qualitative divide, we will focus on the strengths and weaknesses of different research approaches and techniques (e.g. fieldwork through participant observation and description, various forms of interviews, questionnaires, as well as analysis through statistical or theoretical generalization) as well as the benefits of putting them in dialogue in multidisciplinary academic and professional environments. Epistemological and practical issues as well as ethical questions that arise from research practice will also be discussed. The teaching will pave the ground for a more applied seminar that will take place in the spring and a third seminar on how to conceive a research design in the fall of the second year.