Microcredential ekomex: A Basic Introduction to R for Beginners


Want to learn a powerful statistical software R? If so, join our 2-day hands-on online course to learn how to use R for data management, visualization, and descriptive statistics!

What Is This Course About?
This 2-day virtual course introduces the open-source statistical software R for beginners. The course is designed for students without prior experience of R/RStudio. It teaches the basics of R and RStudio, namely, how to perform basic descriptive statistics and create visualizations in R (e.g., histograms, scatterplots, etc.). The course will also cover basic data management with R.

Learning Goals
After this course you will know:

  • Basics of R and RStudio, basic functionality.
  • How to write code in R for basic tasks.
  • How to manage basic data with R.
  • Simple descriptive statistics and visualizations of data with R.

Assignments for the Course
Short in-class assignments and assignments for self-learning will be provided. They will require independent implementation of code in R based on what will be taught in class.


  • 22.02.2024 / 09:00-13:00h: Lecture with script & exercises
  • 23.02.2024: 09:00-11:00h – Self-guided exercises (independent learning) / 11:00-13:00h – Small-group tutoring (solutions to exercises & troubleshooting) (Group 1: Assistant 1, Group 2: Assistant 2, Group 3: Assistant 2)

Recommended Readings for the Course

  • Oana, I.E., Schneider, C.Q. and E. Thomann. 2021. Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) Using R: A Beginner’s Guide. Cambridge University Press - Online appendix, chapter “introduction to R”
  • Cotton, R. 2013. Learning R: a step-by-step function guide to data analysis. O'Reilly Media
  • Grolemund, G., and H. Wickham. 2017. R for Data Science. O’Reilly Media

Who is Your Instructor?
Karina Shyrokykh is Associate Professor of International Relations at Stockholm University who specializes in the European Union’s promotion of human rights, democracy and climate norms’ externally. In her research, she uses both quantitative text and numeric analyses and machine learning techniques. Publications include Managing Networks: Cohesion and Fluidity in EU Climate Cooperation with European Neighbours, European Development Co-operation via Technical Assistance: An Outside-in Perspective, and Human rights sanctions and the role of black knights: Evidence from the EU’s post-Soviet neighbours. Karina Shyrokykh teaches quantitative research methods including quantitative text analysis (with R) at the BA, MA and PhD levels.

Bildungszeit (can be claimed by employees in Baden-Württemberg) 
Anforderungen des Bildungszeitgesetzes Baden-Württemberg sind erfüllt
120 EUR / Please note: you will gain access to our learning management system Moodle only after having paid your course fee
ECTS Credits 
Contact for Questions 
22.02.2024 (All day)
23.02.2024 (All day)
2 study days
No prior knowledge is required other than basic knowledge of empirical research, such as what is a case, what is a variable, what is data.