EGO433 Introduction to Social Research

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Hubert Smekal, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Hubert Smekal, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
each odd Friday 10:00–11:40 U34
Ability to write, read and speak English.
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
At the end of the course, students will be acquainted with fundamentals of social science research. They will be able to understand social science literature and have a good overview of social science research methods. They will also be able to prepare a research proposal and effectively plan their research.
Learning outcomes
The course will provide basic overview of social science research methods and will prepare students for conducting their own research.
  • 1) Introduction + Theory and Methoda + Ethics (ch. 1, 2 and 3) 2) Research Questions + From Research Questions to Data (ch. 4 and 5) 3) Literature Searching and Reviewing + The Internet and Research (ch. 6 and 13) 4) QL (ch. 7, 8 and 9) 5) QN (ch. 10, 11 and 12) 6) MM and Evaluation + Writing (ch. 13 and 14)
  • PUNCH, Keith. Introduction to social research : quantitative & qualitative approaches. 3rd ed. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2014. xvi, 386. ISBN 9781446240939. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, seminars, research proposals, presentation
Assessment methods
The course consists of six seminars including class discussions. Students are expected to read all compulsory readings to actively participate in class discussions. In order to successfully pass the course, students must fulfill ALL requirements: 1) Actively participate at all seminars; 2) Present their research proposal; 3) Submit their research proposal in writing.
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The course is taught annually.

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