MVPd0001 Qualitative Research in International and European Politics

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 20 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
prof. PhDr. Vít Hloušek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Zdeněk Kříž, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Vít Hloušek, 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
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! MVZ001 Research Concepts/Paradigms && ! EVS001 Europ. Pol. Research
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
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Course objectives
The course will introduce the basic aspects of qualitative research methods in the field of international relations and the part of European studies aiming at the research of the political dimension of the EU and European politics. The course covers relevant concept, methods, and research strategies.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, a student will be able to utilize qualitative methods, to understand the key concepts related to the qualitative research and will be able to apply the qualitative methods on the particular topic of the dissertation.
  • 1) Basic concepts of research in the social sciences 2) Discourse analysis 3) Process-tracing, historical, and ethnographical approaches 4) Content analysis 5) Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as the concept and the method 6) Problem of contradictory configurations and logical remainders, how to cope with this, differences between cs QCA and fsQCA 7) Examples of practical application of the QCA, limits of its application, post-QCA analysis
    required literature
  • SCHNEIDER, Carsten Q. and Claudius WAGEMANN. Set-theoretic methods for the social sciences : a guide to qualitative comparative analysis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. xvi, 350. ISBN 9781107013520. info
  • Configurational comparative methods : qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) and related techniques. Edited by Benoît Rihoux - Charles C. Ragin. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2009. xxv, 209. ISBN 9781412942355. info
  • Methods of critical discourse analysis. Edited by Ruth Wodak - Michael Meyer. 2nd ed. London: Sage, 2009. ix, 204. ISBN 9781847874559. info
  • Approaches and methodologies in the social sciences : a pluralist perspective. Edited by Donatella Della Porta - Michael Keating. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. xv, 365. ISBN 9780521709668. info
  • Qualitative methods in international relations : a pluralist guide. Edited by Audie Klotz - Deepa Prakash. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. xii, 260. ISBN 9780230542396. info
  • Redesigning social inquiryfuzzy sets and beyond. Edited by Charles C. Ragin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. viii, 225. ISBN 0226702758. info
  • FAIRCLOUGH, Norman. Analysing discourse : textual analysis for social research. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 2003. vi, 270. ISBN 0415258936. info
Teaching methods
The course combines lectures with seminars.
Assessment methods
The students will get familiar with all the texts of the assigned readings. The teachers will test the knowledge and understanding of the texts during the seminars based on compulsory attendance (70 per cent of the final evaluation). The students will write an essay (circa 10-15 pages long) at the end of the course, in which they explain which qualitative methods and how they can use in their doctoral research (30 per cent of the final evaluation).
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021.
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