POL022 Political Research: Theories and Methods

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/0. 20 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Andrew Lawrence Roberts, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Jan Holzer, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová
Supplier department: Division of Politology – Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives (in Czech)
The goal of the course is to get students acquainted with research design issues, conceptualization, and qualitative methods in political science. After having completed the course, students will be able to design a research project, as well as use qualitative, case-based research methodology.
  • GEORGE, Alexander L. and Andrew BENNETT. Case studies and theory development in the social sciences. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2005, xv, 331. ISBN 0262572222. info
  • VAN EVERA, Stephen. Guide to methods for students of political science. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997, vi, 136. ISBN 080148457X. info
Teaching methods (in Czech)
class discussions
Assessment methods
One position paper (0-9 points), one essay (0-23 points). Evaluation: 32-30 points A, 29-27 points B, 26-24 points C, 23-21 points D, 20-17 points E, 16 points and less F.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018.
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