FSS:SOCb1006 Methodology of Social Sciences - Course Information
SOCb1006 Methodology of Social SciencesFaculty of Social Studies
- Extent and Intensity
- 1/1/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
- Dr. Aleš Burjanek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Tomáš Katrňák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Jiří Navrátil, Ph.D. (lecturer)
- Guaranteed by
- prof. PhDr. Tomáš Katrňák, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
- Tue 10:00–11:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy
- Prerequisites (in Czech)
- ! NOW ( SOC106 Methodology of Social Sciences ) && ! SOC106 Methodology of Social Sciences
- 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
- there are 10 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
- Course objectives
- The course is an introduction to the methodology of social research. Main objectives are to understand the basic methodological concepts and to learn the main research strategies in social sciences. At the end of this course, students should understand connections between particular type of research question, goals and strategies and should be able to design a research proposal.
- Learning outcomes
- After completing the course the students will be familiar with the basic methodology of sociological research, basic research strategies, basic research paradigms and designs. Furthermore, the students will be able to design a research project, specify research problems and research questions, operationalize them, and choose the appropriate instruments for making surveys.
- The course is organized as a series of weekly topics which include lectures and required reading.The weekly topics include: 1. Essence of scientific approach. What kind of sciences is social sciences? Can the methods of the nature sciences be used in the social sciences? What is the nature of the reality to be investigated - different responses?
- 2. Accumulation of knowledge or scientific revolutions? Concepts of a normal science and a paradigm. Social science - the competition of paradigms.
- 3. The model of empirical science. Types of social research.
- 4. Elements of social research. Designing quantitative research: planning the project. Se-lecting a topic and research questions.
- 5. Dimensions of theorizing in social research. Inductive and deductive strategies. Hypothe-sis and its verification/falzification.
- 6. Basic strategies of social research.
- 7. Language of social of social science and languages of social research. Variables and their values.
- 8. Between theory and reality: The operational definitions. The concept-indicator problem. Types of concept-indicator link.
- 9. Measurement in social sciences. Strategy of measurement, validity, reliability. Nominal, ordinal and interval/ratio scales.
- 10. Research unit. The nature of the different types of sampling.
- 11. Relations between variables. The meaning of relationship and their interpretation. 12. Doing your own project.
- 13. Researcher as a stranger. Ethnocentrism - trap for researcher.
- required literature
- DISMAN, Miroslav. Jak se vyrábí sociologická znalost : příručka pro uživatele. 4. nezměněné vydání. Praha: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, nakladatelství Karolinum, 2011. 372 stran. ISBN 9788024619668. info
- BABBIE, Earl R. The practice of social research. 9th ed. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2001. 1 sv. (rů. ISBN 0-534-57474-2. info
- recommended literature
- CHAMBLISS, Daniel F. and Russell K. SCHUTT. Making sense of the social world : methods of investigation. 3rd ed. Los Angeles: Pine Forge Press, 2010. 1 v. ISBN 9781412969390. info
- Současná filosofie sociálních věd :multikulturní přístup. Edited by Brian Fay - Jana Ogrocká. 1. vyd. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2002. 324 s. ISBN 80-86429-10-5. info
- RAGIN, Charles C. Constructing social research :the unity and diversity of method. Thousand Oaks: Pine Forge Press, 1994. xiii, 194. ISBN 0-8039-9021-9. info
- Teaching methods
- lectures and class discusion, project, consultations, readings and homeworks
- Assessment methods
- quizzes, homeworks, final writtten test, project
- Language of instruction
- Further Comments
- The course is taught annually.
- Listed among pre-requisites of other courses