Course: Sociology and methodology in research work

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Course title Sociology and methodology in research work
Course code KRM/KSVP
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Lapka Miloslav, doc. PhDr. CSc.
  • Vávra Jan, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Cudlínová Eva, doc. Ing. CSc.
  • Majerová Věra, prof. PhDr. Ing. CSc.
Course content
The thematic focus of lectures and exercises: 1. What and why I want to find out: step by step in sociological research 2. How do I find it out? Hypotheses - what they are and what they are not, the hypothesis formulated for statistics, common mistakes 3. Problems with variables - the risk of inaccuracy an bias - the logic helps to reveal. 4. Who or what should be researched? Methods of selecting of repondents 5. Most common methods of data collection, their efficiency 6. How do I you ask? Questionnaire: the art of asking, research and supportive questions, the types of questions, measuring of feedback? How do I measure it? Measurement methods, proper design of the questionnaire, a questionnaire Professor B. Slow-Witted 7. Own a questionnaire for the second time - will the others understand what I want to ask? 8. Can I ask otherwise? When I don't believe on numbers: Qualitative research - the one from the other side - heritage of fenomenologie- everything should be paid for - its benefits and limitations, and when to use it? 9. Encoding data in qualitative research 10. Methodological construction of own thesis, its parts, coherence and logic 11. Work with sources, point of deduction in the sociological survey 12. Formalities of scientific work - citations, literature, what is and is not plagiarism 13. Everything is different: induction and deduction and their failure in case of extreme phenomena

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
  • Preparation for credit - 28 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 24 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 42 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 8 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The main aim is to ensure an appropriate level of theses of students using sociological data, methods, questions and empirical survey. The secondary objective is to introduce students to methods of scientific work.
Students will be able to apply their methodological knowledge and experience in their master's theses and in practice.
Knowledge and experience of bachelor graduates.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment, Questionnaire, Seminar work

Credit requirements: Active participation in seminars and lectures. To obtain the credit the student must submit a seminar paper (essay, 2-4 pages) with topic of "Methodological attempt to explain its own theme and construction of research questions" on a given topic, after consultation. Presentation and defense of own hypotheses and essay. Credits will be awarded not earlier than 14 days before the end of the semester in accordance with the measure of Dean No. 124/2017 Article 15.
Recommended literature
  • Bauman, Z. Myslet sociologicky (netradiční uvedení do sociologie). Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 1997.
  • Disman, M. Jak se píše sociologická znalost.. Praha: Karolinum, 2000. ISBN 80-246-0139-7.
  • Giddens, A. Sociologie. Praha: Argo, 2001. ISBN 80-7203-124-4.
  • Hendl, J. Kvalitativní výzkum: základní metody a aplikace. Praha: Portál, 2005. ISBN 80-7367-040-2.
  • Jandourek, J.:. Úvod do sociologie. Praha: Portál, 2003.
  • Olecká, I., Ivanová, K. Metodologie vědecko-výzkumné činnosti. Olomouc: Moravská vysoká škola, 2010. ISBN 9788087240335.
  • Petrusek, M. Teorie a metoda v moderní sociologii. Praha: Karolinum., 1993.
  • REICHEL, J. Kapitoly metodologie sociálních výzkumů. Praha: Grada, 2009.
  • Taleb, N.S. Černá labuť. Následky vysoce nepravděpodobnostních událostí. Praha: Paseka, 2011.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Economics Study plan (Version): Structural Policy of the EU and Rural Development (3) Category: Economy 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer