AJ32055 Research Methodology

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
prof. Mgr. Jan Chovanec, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jana Chamonikolasová, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites (in Czech)
This course is taught in English.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 1/15, only registered: 0/15
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to provide the students with a solid base for their supervised research leading to a successful completion of their PhD theses. The course deals not only with methological issues, particularly in relation to various kinds of discourse analysis, but also with adequate forms of international presentation of research results. Additionally, the course addresses some of the sociolinguistic complexities of doing research at the global semi-periphery.
Learning outcomes
Students will: 1. understand the differences between various methodological approaches in modern linguistics (qualitative, quantitative, mixed, descriptive, critical, interpretative); 2. understand the specifics of presentation of science; 3. appreciate the challenges faced by non-native speakers publishing in a global language (English) and doing research on the semi-periphery; 4. develop their critical skills by learning how to review scholarly articles (practical analysis); 5. discover the intricacies of communication between authors and journal editors; 6. increase their awareness about the global publication industry and bibliometrics (Scopus, Web of Science, predatory publishing); 7. find out about unethical research practices through case studies; 8. increase their analytical skills by creatively reflecting on compulsory literature.
  • 1. Knowledge, hermeneutics and discourse interpretation / Approaches to analysing discourse / Doing research on the (semi-)periphery / Case studies on Central European scholars / 2. The academic publishing industry / Research databases / Bibliometry of science / Scholarly misconduct (fake science, predatory publishing) / 3. Basic elements of editorial work / Managing a scholarly journal / Reviewing academic papers (including practical work) / 4. Academic discourse / Research ethics in Internet data research / Writing a dissertation (process, structure)
    required literature
  • Litosseliti, Lia (2010) Research Methods in Linguistics. London and New York: Bloomsbury.
  • LILLIS, Theresa M. Academic writing in a global context : the politics and practices of publishing in English. Edited by Mary Jane Curry. 1st ed. London: Routledge, 2010. xiv, 203. ISBN 9780415468831. info
  • Page, Ruth, David Barton, Johann W. Unger, Michele Zappavigna (2014) Researching Language and Social Media. A Student Guide. London and New York: Routledge.
  • CANAGARAJAH, A. Suresh. A geopolitics of academic writing. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002. x, 332. ISBN 0822957949. info
    recommended literature
  • ČERMÁK, František. Research methods in linguistics : essential principles, based on a general theory of science. Praha: Karolinum, 2002. 103 s. ISBN 8024604345. info
Teaching methods (in Czech)
Seminar work Pair and group discussion Peer review Course reading: see compulsory literature. Additional chapters and articles will be provided for independent reading.
Assessment methods
Colloquy: an oral examination based on compulsory readings and the student' reflection papers Exam prerequisites: Attendance at seminars Active participation in seminars 2 reflection papers (one submitted during the term and the other during the exam period) Additional compulsory work (e.g. practical work on reviews of academic papers)
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is taught: every other week.
General note: Tento kurz je určen pouze studentům doktorského studia! This course is designated for PhD students ONLY!.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2002, Spring 2003, Autumn 2003, Spring 2004, Autumn 2004, Spring 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2015, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2021.
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