SPPd0016 Theory and Methodology of qualitative research 1

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 11 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
doc. PhDr. Jiří Winkler, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jiří Winkler, Ph.D.
Department of Social Policy and Social Work - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: doc. PhDr. Jiří Winkler, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Social Policy and Social Work - Faculty of Social Studies
Course enrollment requires a successful completion of the basics of qualitative research at bachelor or master level.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
The qualitative strategy currently offers a large number of research approaches and methods that differ from one another by different theoretical orientations. Researchers tend to have a qualitative strategy in trouble with the justification options specific research methods and approaches in relation to the theme and cognitive problem. The aim of the course is to enable students to understand the different theoretical orientations of qualitative research. Another aim is to practice students in a logical and theoretical justification for choice of methodology research dissertation.
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to complete the subject;
- describe important features of the main theoretical approaches to qualitative research;
- Compare important differences between these approaches;
- write an essay assessing the selected qualitative research method in terms of the theoretical orientation.
  • Basic features of qualitative research strategy. Qualitative data and qualitative research methods. Validity and credibility of knowledge.
  • Strategic Issues in Qualitative Research: Inductive Analysis and Creative Synthesis, Holistic Perspective, Contextual Sensitivity, Triangulation and Reflexivity
  • The importance of theory and two main theoretical trends in qualitative research. Inductive analysis in positivism and critical realism. Social constructivism and constructivism, their individual traditions.
  • Phenomenology and ethnomethodology. Basic concepts of phenomenological sociology of A. Schutz and its methodological implications
  • Heuristics and hermeneutics. Basic concepts of hermeneutic interpretation of H.G. Gadamer and their methodological influences
  • Discursive analysis. Basic Concepts of Discursive Regularity M. Foucault. and their methodological implications
  • System theory and theory of complexity in organizational and program research by M. Patton and their methodological implications for Graunded Theory.
  • Preparation of a seminar essay on the theoretical orientation of selected methodology of qualitative research.
  • R. Grathof: Alfred Schutz In: Klassiker des soziologischen Denkens. Beck, Munchen 1978
  • M. Foucault: Archeologie vědění. Herrmann a synové, Praha 2002
  • A. Schutz: Collected Papers I. Hagen 1962
  • M. Foucault: Je třeba bránit společnost. Filosofia, Praha 2005
  • M.Q. Patton: Developmental Evaluation. Applying Complexity Concepts. GillfordPress, London 2011
  • M.Q. Patton: Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods. 3 ed. Sage, London 2002
Teaching methods
Theoretical preparation, individual seminar project, seminar discussion
Assessment methods
essay, oral exam
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught each semester.
The course is taught: in blocks.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022.
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