ENSb1117 Introduction to the methodology

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
2/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Ing. Tomáš Doseděl, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lucie Galčanová Batista, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Lucie Galčanová Batista, Ph.D.
Department of Environmental Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Müllerová
Supplier department: Department of Environmental Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! ENS117 Introduction to methodology &&! NOW ( ENS117 Introduction to methodology )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 36 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/36, only registered: 0/36, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/36
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce to students basic approaches, methods and research techniques of quantitative and qualitative research. In the form of lectures, reading the basic methodological texts and practical exercises, students will not only gain the theoretical knowledge, but also necessary practical skills to interpret critically research results in social sciences. In addition to the research design students will also learn how to present results and how to write an academic text.
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to identify the features of research approaches in social science and to identify their strengths and weaknesses. He/she will be able to select an appropriate research design in relation to the research question and the nature of the research problem. He/she will undestand data collection and analysis.
  • 1. Introduction; 2. Research question and Research design; 3. Primary and secundary data; 4. Experiment; 5. Introduction to demography; 6. Quantitative research design and sampling; 7. Statistical data analysis; 8. Qualitative research design; 9. Qualitative data analysis; 10. Results presentation and research ethics
    required literature
  • BRYMAN, Alan. Social research methods. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. xli, 766. ISBN 9780199588053. info
  • MAREŠ, Petr, Ladislav RABUŠIC and Petr SOUKUP. Analýza sociálněvědních dat (nejen) v SPSS (Data analysis in social sciences (using SPSS)). První. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2015. 508 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-6362-4. info
  • BABBIE, Earl R. The practice of social research. 13th ed., international ed. [Australia]: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2013. xxiii, 584. ISBN 9781133050094. info
  • CHARMAZ, Kathy. Constructing grounded theory : a practical guide through qualitative analysis. London ;: Sage Publications, 2006. xiii, 208. ISBN 0761973532. info
    not specified
  • ESTERBERG, Kristin G. Qualitative methods in social research. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002. xv, 256. ISBN 9780767415606. URL info
Teaching methods
Teaching methods include lectures, students´ individual work (reading of obligatory literature) and discussions.
Assessment methods
Homeworks, test.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2023, recent)
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