CDSn4008 Conflict Methodology

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. Mgr. Peter Spáč, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Miriam Matejova, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Peter Spáč, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: 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
The course provides insight into the methodology of research work. It consists of four parts. The first part is introductory and offers information on basic research concepts and research design. Each of the three following parts concentrates on specific methods and research tools (interviews, text analysis, and statistical inference). After completing the course, students should be able to use the research methods in their further study, including their diploma thesis.
Learning outcomes
Upon succseeful completion of the course, the students will be able to plan, design, and carry out empirical research. Their abilities will include development, application, and testing of theories in both small- and large-N research, thus allowing them to prepare their final thesis and other research proposals in their future carriers.
  • Research Basics and Research Design I
  • Research Basics and Research Design II
  • Interview Research and Strategies
  • Conducting Interviews
  • Seminar: Interviews
  • Text Analysis: Principles
  • Text Analysis: Practical Considerations
  • Seminar: Text Analysis
  • Introduction to Statistics and SPSS
  • Descriptive Statistics and Correlation
  • Regression Analysis
    required literature
  • Van Gorp, B. 2010. Strategies to Take Subjectivity out of Framing Analysis. In P. D'Angelo and J. A. Kuypers (eds.). Doing News Framing Analysis. Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives. New York, Routledge: 84–109.
  • King, N., Horrocks, C., and J. Brooks. 2019. Interviews in Qualitative Research (2nd ed.). London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi, Singapore: Sage.
  • Field, A. P. (2009): Discovering Statistics Using SPSS, 3rd edition. London: SAGE.
  • Kellstedt, P. M. – Whitten, G. D. (2013): The Fundamentals of Political Science Research. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Macnamara, Jim. Media Content Analysis: Its Uses, Benefits and Best Practice Methodology. Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal, 6 (1), 1–34.
  • O’Leary, Z. (2004): The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: SAGE.
  • Fujii, L. A. 2018. Interviewing in Social Science Research: A Relational Approach. New York, London: Routledge.
Teaching methods
lectures, seminar discussions, work on individual research projects
Assessment methods
Active participation
Two written assignments
Presentation of the research design
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
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