This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the diverse research methodologies in the social sciences. Students will also learn the basic methods of both qualitative and quantitative research and gain an overview of the necessary practical skills required for their application. Individual topics include the choosing a methodology, formulating research problems/questions, techniques for gathering data, presenting and interpreting results and research ethics. At the end of the semester, students will be able to create a research proposal and carry out a project that allows them to find answers to relevant social science questions.
By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
• Recognize, define and discuss various methods for research in the social sciences
• Review and assess existing research according to its methodology and use of data and methods
• Compare and contrast quantitative and qualitative research methods
• Formulate research problems and apply techniques for collecting data and presenting and interpreting findings that address the relevant research questions
• Cultivate research proficiency and expertise by undertaking a semester-long assignment that involves designing a research project and writing up a proposal elaborating it
• 1st Seminar: Introduction, course organization
• 2nd Seminar: Context of design. What is research design?
• 3rd Seminar: Research design – Aims, units of analysis, research strategies and time dimension
• 4th Seminar: Research design – Data sharing. Replicate research
• 5th Seminar: Qualitative methods part I (Focus: interviewing, focus group)
• 6th Seminar: No class – Reading week
• 7th Seminar: Qualitative methods part II (Focus: case study, Delphi method)
• 8th Seminar: Quantitative methods part I (focus on: surveys)
• 9th Seminar: Quantitative methods part II (focus: longitudinal and panel survey)
• 10th Seminar: Quantitative methods part III (focus: online research)
• 10th Seminar: Quantitative methods part IV (Focus on: checking the research instruments, data and results. Measurement, reliability and validity)
• 11th Seminar: Mixed methods
• 13th Seminar: In-class presentations of research proposals
CRESWELL, John W. and Vicki L. PLANO CLARK. Designing and conducting mixed methods research. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2011. xxvi, 457. ISBN 9781412975179. info
BABBIE, Earl R. The practice of social research. 12th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2010. xxiv, 530. ISBN 9780495598428. info
BRYMAN, Alan. Social research methods. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. xiii, 748. ISBN 9780199202959. info
Bergman, M.M. 2008. (ed.) Advances in Mixed Method Research. SAGE:London
YIN, Robert K. Case study research : design and methods. 4th ed. Los Angeles, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2009. xiv, 219. ISBN 9781412960991. info
The SAGE handbook of online research methods. Edited by Nigel Fielding - Raymond M. Lee - Grant Blank. London: Sage, 2008. xvi, 370. ISBN 9781412922937. info
DAVIES, Martin Brett. Doing a successful research project : using qualitative or quantitative methods. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. xiv, 274. ISBN 9781403993793. info
The SAGE handbook of qualitative research. Edited by Norman K. Denzin - Yvonna S. Lincoln. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2005. xix, 1210. ISBN 0761927573. info
The course will be given in the form of lecture and student-led seminars. Lectures will focus on both qualitative and quantitative research methods, especially in regard to research design, validity, data collection, and dissemination of research results.
Students are expected to complete the weekly readings prior to class, attend classes, participate in discussions, run student-led seminars, prepare and present papers.
Written assignments and two tests will facilitate the understanding of the course materials and evaluate students’ understanding of it.
Conditions for passing the course:
1. Systematic work on literature, questions and responses to weekly readings, class participation
2. Student-led seminars (20-25 minutes)
3. 1st written assignment - Methods and Data Analysis (1-2 pages)
4. 2nd written assignment – Research Proposal (8-10 pages)
6. 3rd written assignment – Surveys and measurement (max. 6 pages)
5. Two tests
Particular activities of students will be evaluated as follows:
10 points - reading questions
10 points - student-led seminar
10 points - 1st written assignment - Methods and Data Analysis
10 points - 2nd written assignment – Research Proposal
10 points - 3rd written assignment – Surveys and measurement
50 points - test
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Výhradně pro zahraniční studenty programů Sociology Cultural Sociology a Erasmus. Just for Sociology , Cultural Sociology and Erasmus students.