MVZ174 Methodology of politics and international relations research

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2009
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
prof. PhDr. Vít Hloušek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Michal Kořan, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Oldřich Krpec, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Vladan Hodulák, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Petr Suchý, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Mon 16:00–17:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka
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 aim of the course is to provide the students with a basic notion of the nature of social sciences, social systems and scientific reflection on the problems and phenomena they bring about. A general introduction, which is focused on characterisation of science, defining of the specificities of social sciences and introduction into scientific research will be followed by an introduction into general methodological issues and an overview on the most significant methodological tools of political sciences. Moreover, the course will provide information on basic rules of scientific ethics, proper use of literature and other resources of research data. The course will be concluded by a presentation of available information databases, el. information sources, library fund and work with internet search engines and the library catalogue.
At the end of the course students will be able to define scientific research, its fundamental attributes and approaches; they will be able to use standard methodological tools of social sciences and will be capable of designing a research project of their own.
  • 1) Science and scientific research
  • 2) Political sciences – characterization and definition
  • 3) Limits of social systems research
  • 4) Literature, resources, scientific publication
  • 5) Methodology of a research project I.
  • 6) Methodology of a research project II.
  • 7) Presentation of research projects
  • DRULÁK, Petr. Jak zkoumat politiku : kvalitativní metodologie v politologii a mezinárodních vztazích. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2008. 255 s. ISBN 9788073673857. info
  • BABBIE, Earl R. The practice of social research. 9th ed. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2001. 1 sv. (rů. ISBN 0-534-57474-2. info
  • Jak se vyrábí sociologická znalost :příručka pro uživatele. Edited by Miroslav Disman. 3. vyd. Praha: Karolinum, 2000. 374 s. ISBN 80-246-0139-7. info
  • ŘÍCHOVÁ, Blanka. Přehled moderních politologických teorií. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2000. 303 s. ISBN 80-7178-461-3. info
Teaching methods
Course consists of lectures and of a final group presentation of selected research projects.
Assessment methods
The course will be closed by a written test. Its final marking involves the written test (15 points) and a seminar paper - a research project (10 points). Students will pass the course at gaining of at least 15 points.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019.
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