MVPd0002 Quantitative Research in International and European Politics

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 20 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. PhDr. Petr Kaniok, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Petr Kaniok, 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
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 course will introduce the basic aspects of quantitative 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 quantitative methods, to understand the key concepts related to the quantitative research and will be able to apply the qualitative methods on the particular topic of the dissertation.
  • 1) Introduction in the quantitative approach: key concepts and terms 2) Correlation 3) Regression 4) Comparison of means 5) Non-parametric tests 6) Categorical data analysis 7) Multilevel regression models
    required literature
  • MAREŠ, Petr, Ladislav RABUŠIC and Petr SOUKUP. Analýza sociálněvědních dat (nejen) v SPSS (Data analysis in social sciences (using SPSS)). První. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2015, 508 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-6362-4. info
  • AGRESTI, Alan. Categorical data analysis. Third edition. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2013, xvi, 714. ISBN 9780470463635. info
  • FIELD, Andy P. Discovering statistics using SPSS : (and sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll). 3rd ed. Los Angeles: Sage, 2009, xxxiii, 82. ISBN 9781847879073. 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). If the doctoral project excludes statistical methods as suitable tool, student is supposed to convincingly explain reasons behind this in his/her essay.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2024, Spring 2025.
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