USESEN002 Methodology of Humanities

Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Winter 2014
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Tomáš Katrňák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. RNDr. Ivana Loučková, CSc.
Institute of Central European Studies – 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 present the sources of cognition, especially scientific, to students. The role of science as theoretical system is discussed as well as the role of facts and data in science, issue of legitimization of scientific findings and basic problems in current theory and methodology on both general level and on the level of relations between theories and methodological approaches used in social sciences.
  • 1. Science as special field of human activity and cognition. Function of science and research of social subject
    2. Language of science and its function
    3. Structure of scientific thinking, statements in science
    4. Hypothesis and its function
    5. Paradigms in science, paradigmatic matrix
    6. Authentication of theory
    7. Positivism. Objectivity and measurement, quantitative approaches
    8. Understanding and interpretation. Subjectivity and meaning, qualitative approaches
    9. Mutual negotiations. Interaction and systemic dynamics, integrated approaches
    10. Quality of scientific findings, evaluation
    11. Problem of values in social sciences
    12. Application of results of scientific research in social sciences, role, interpretation
    required literature
  • LOUČKOVÁ, I. Integrovaný přístup v sociálně vědním výzkumu. Praha: SLON (v tisku), 2009. ISBN 978-80-86429-79-3. info
  • FAJKUS, B. Filosofie a metodologie vědy : vývoj, současnost a perspektivy. Praha, 2005. info
  • BERGER, P., LUCKMANN, T. Společenská konstrukce reality. Praha, 1999. info
  • WALLERSTEIN, I. Kam směřují sociální vědy. Praha, 1998. info
  • WEBER, M. Metodologie, sociologie a politika. Praha, 1998. info
  • DURKHEIM, E. Sociologie a filosofie. Praha: SLON, 1998. info
  • KUHN, T. S. Struktura vědeckých revolucí. Praha, 1997. info
  • LYOTARD, J.F. O postmodernismu. Praha, 1993. info
  • PETRUSEK, M. Teorie a metoda v moderní sociologii. Praha: Karolinum, 1993. info
  • ANZENBACHER, A.:. Úvod do filosofie. Praha: SPN,, 1990. info
  • BERKA, K., RYBOVÁ,J. Logika a metodologie pro žurnalisty. Praha: Novinář, 1987. info
    recommended literature
  • ŠMAUSOVÁ, G. Interpretativní sociologie. In: Dopita, M.ed., "Konstrukce politična ze strany dětí". Olomouc: UP Olomouc, 2002. info
  • LOUČKOVÁ, I., ADAMS, A. "Research and Social Work." Pp.27-38, in Adams, A., Erath, P. and Shardlow S.M. ( Eds.). Key Themes in European Social Work. Lyme Regis: Russell House, 2001. info
  • GIDDENS, A. Unikající svět. Praha: SLON, 2000. info
  • HUBÍK, S. Sociologie vědění. Praha: SLON, 1999. info
  • WATZLAWICK. P. Jak skutečná je skutečnost? Konfrontace, 1998. info
  • CAMPBELLl, J.C. Mýty. Praha: Pragma, 1998. info
  • WEBER, M. Autorita, etika a společnost. Praha: Mladá fronta, 1997. info
  • BERTALANFY,L. von. Člověk - robot a myšlení. Praha: Svoboda, 1972. info
  • BATESON, G. Steps to an Ecology of Mind. New York: Ballantine Books, 1972. info
  • CARNAP,R. Problémy jazyka vědy. Praha: Svoboda, 1968. info
  • RUSSEL,B. Logika, jazyk, věda. Praha: Svoboda, 1967. info
  • HEISENBERG,W. Fyzika a filosofie. Praha: Svoboda, 1966. info
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
Teacher's information
Composition of minimally three partial tasks realized in a form of obligatory exercises and their submission in written form.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2012, Winter 2013.
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