UPPVPD036 Methods and Techniques of Sociological Researches

Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Winter 2014
Extent and Intensity
0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Guaranteed by
Institute of Pedagogical and Psychological Sciences – Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the main methodological aspects of social research and clarify the system of collecting sociological data and their analysis. The course has a practical orientation, students will exercise in some concrete techniques at seminars. Graduates should be able to design and realize simple research (applicable for exampĺe for their thesis) after passing the course and also to understand empirically based scientific articles and more critically read research reports and information from research presented in mass-media.
  • 1. Character of social sciences and sociological research; a model of empirical research
    2. Research starts at a library - How to read a scientific text in social sciences
    3. Research is finished by a text - How to write a scientific text in social sciences (research project, logic of a research report)
    4. Quantitative and qualitative research paradigms (their differences and complementarity)
    5. Main methods of quantitative research; validity and reliability
    6. Survey sampling and the problem of representativity
    7. Questionnaire and observing as data collection techniques; the problem of operationalization
    8. Methods on the boarder-line between quantitative and qualitative research (semantical differential, sociometry)
    9. Content and discourse analysis- basic principles and techniques)
    10. Qualitative research methods
    11. Data analysis in qualitative research
    12. Problems and mistakes in interpretation of qualitative data
    required literature
  • SILVERMAN, D. Ako robiť kvalitatívny výskum. Bratislava: Ikar, 2005. ISBN 80-551-0904-4. info
  • DISMAN, M. Jak se vyrábí sociologická znalost. Praha: Karolinum, 2002. ISBN 80-7184-141-2. info
    recommended literature
  • PUNCH, K. F. Úspěšný návrh výzkumu. Praha: Portál, 2008. ISBN 80-7367-468-7. info
  • PUNCH, K. F. Základy kvantitativního šetření. Praha: Portál, 2008. ISBN 80-7367-381-9. info
  • HENDL, J. Kvalitativní výzkum. Praha: Portál, 2005. ISBN 80-7367-485-4. info
  • KOLEKTIV. Metody výzkumu v sociologii (studijní texty). Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2004. info
  • HENDL, J. Přehled statistických metod zpracování dat. Praha: Portál, 2004. ISBN 80-7178-820-1. info
  • BABBIE, R. The practice of social research. 9th ed. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2001. ISBN 0-534-57474-2. info
  • STRAUSS, A., CORBIN, J. Základy kvalitativního výzkumu. Brno: Albert, 1999. ISBN 80-85834-60-X. info
  • PELIKÁN, J. Základy empirického výzkumu pedagogických jevů. Praha: Karolinum, 1998. ISBN 80-7184-569-8. info
  • POPPER, K. R. Logika vědeckých bádání. Praha: Oikomene, 1997. ISBN 80-86005-45-3. info
  • KOLEKTIV. Velký sociologický slovník. Praha: Karolinum, 1996. ISBN 80-7184-311-3. info
  • NOWAK, V. Metodologie sociologických výzkumů. Praha: Svoboda, 1975. ISBN 99-0002-402-X. info
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: Přednáška 8 HOD/SEM.
Teacher's information
Credit for distance students - complete individual tasks
Examination is based on lectures and essential required reading
An essential task for students is an elaboration of a research project for a small research (not realization of the research) which could be useable for future bachelor thesis. Lectures are focused on presentation of main principles of sociological research and basic methods and techniques as well as on solid introduction how to work autonomous with obligatory literature and how to proceed while elaborating research project. Beside basic literatruy search (recherche) to research topic the project should contents especially student´s proposal of concrete application of more research methods (quantitative as well as qualitative) of which he or she knows from lectures and obligatory literature.
A presentation of final projects an eventualy recomendation for re-doing will held at the last consultation. Succesfully elaboration of the project is a necessary qualification for an axamination.
Thematic areas for an examination as well as study literature (approximately 200 pages in czech language) will be exactly spcify at first class.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2010, Winter 2011, Winter 2012, Winter 2013, Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018.
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