MEB431 Social Science Methodology

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Lukáš Lehotský, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Petr Ocelík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Jan Osička, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Břetislav Dančák, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Mon 11:30–13:00 U42
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
The course introduces students to the range of methods with which social scientists work as they attempt to systematically understand social phenomena. It provides first-hand experience with the specific procedures through which social science knowledge is developed. The course introduces framework of social science research providing the students with knowledge of the necessary questions and dilemmas that need to be tackled during the course of preparation and conducting a research. The course emphasizes general procedures such as discriminating between theories, posing proper research questions, operationalizing concepts, or collecting data.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the students will be able to use the basic techniques of quantitative and qualitative research.
  • I. Introduction to quantitative analysis II. Introduction to qualitative analysis III. Philosphy of science and its role in research IV. Designing social research
Teaching methods
Lectures, discussions.
Assessment methods
Exam, research design project.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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