AJ32055 Research Methodology

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
prof. Mgr. Jan Chovanec, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. Mgr. Jan Chovanec, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 8/15, only registered: 0/15
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 14 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
The course provides an introduction into the methodology of scientific work in the humanities. It aims to provide students with basic methodological guidance in the area of writing their doctoral theses in English linguistics. It deals with qualitative, context-based approaches to the analysis and interpretation of discourse, as well as the sociolinguistic implications of the global academic industry in English.
Learning outcomes
After passing this course, students will be able to:
- differentiate between various linguistic methodologies
- select appropriate methodology for their research task
- be able to formulate a research question
- understand the operation of academic publishing
- be aware of pathological academic phenomena (plagiarism, predatory journals, fake conferences)
- understand the tension between the centre and the periphery in the modern academia
- see the role of non-native speakers in globalized science
- understand the challenges facing non-native speakers in the Anglophone world
- understand the steps in editorial practice
- see how academic peer review process operates and how effective reviews are produced
- understand the hermeneutic quest for knowledge discovery in the area of discourse interpretation.
  • The syllabus of the course revolves around the following main issues:
  • Text analysis, discourse interpretation and hermeneutics
  • The politics of global academic publishing in English
  • Text editing practices, the academic industry and evaluation processes
  • Selected issues in practical academic work: academic style
    required literature
  • Litosseliti, Lia (ed.) (2010) Research Methods in Linguistics. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Page, Ruth, David Barton, Johann W. Unger, Michele Zappavigna (2014) Researching Language and Social Media. A Student Guide. London and New York: Routledge.
  • ČERMÁK, František. Research methods in linguistics : essential principles, based on a general theory of science. Praha: Karolinum, 2002. 103 s. ISBN 8024604345. info
    not specified
  • CANAGARAJAH, A. Suresh. Translingual practice : global Englishes and cosmopolitan relations. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 2013. 216 s. ISBN 9780415683982. info
  • CANAGARAJAH, A. Suresh. A geopolitics of academic writing. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002. x, 332. ISBN 0822957949. info
Teaching methods
seminar work, class discussion, reflection essays, editorial work
Assessment methods
active participation, attendance, reflection papers on compulsory readings, final essay, colloquy, assignments during the term
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is taught: in blocks.
General note: Tento kurz je určen pouze studentům doktorského studia! This course is designated for PhD students ONLY!.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2002, Spring 2003, Autumn 2003, Spring 2004, Autumn 2004, Spring 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2017, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019.
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