Course: Seminar in Methodology

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Course title Seminar in Methodology
Course code KAP/MES
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
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
  • Lupták Ľubomír, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Ontology, epistemology and methodology; what is science (for) 2. Research object, research problem, research field, points of departure, formulation of hypotheses, construction of data and data processing, qualitative and quantitative research, hermeneutics 3. Observation: field research, rapport, degree of participation, introspection and use in political science/IR 4. Interviews and questionnaires, types of inteviews and questionnaires, use in political science/IR 5. Experiment: types of experiment and use in political science/IR 6. Comparative and case studies 7. Discourse analyses, text as a research field 8. Genealogy, archaeology, biography, autobiography, oral history 9. Social networks and groups: topography, ethnography, ecology 10. Grounded theory 11. Descriptive and inferential statistics, regression analysis, factor analysis, correlation, ANOVA

Learning activities and teaching methods
Task-based study method, Individual study, Seminar
  • Contact hours - 52 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 10 hours per semester
  • Graduate study programme term essay (40-50) - 42 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
Graduates will have detailed knowledge of methodology of social sciences in general and political science and international relations in particular. They will be able to describe the particular qualitative and quantitative methods, identify the methods best suited for their research topic, research field, research questions and epistemology and succesfully use them in their Master?s thesis.
teaching methods
Task-based study method
Individual study
assessment methods
Skills demonstration during seminar
Seminar work
Individual presentation at a seminar
Continuous assessment
Recommended literature
  • Drulák, Petr. Jak zkoumat politiku : kvalitativní metodologie v politologii a mezinárodních vztazích. Vyd. 1. Praha : Portál, 2008. ISBN 978-80-7367-385-7.
  • Drulák, Petr. Metafory studené války : interpretace politického fenoménu. Praha : Portál, 2009. ISBN 978-80-7367-594-3.
  • Dryzek, John S.,; Honig, Bonnie,; Phillips, Anne. The Oxford handbook of political theory. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN 0-19-927003-1.
  • Durkheim, E. Pravidla sociologické metody. Praha. Orbis, 1926.
  • Fajkus, Břetislav. Filosofie a metodologie vědy : vývoj, současnost a perspektivy. Vyd. 1. Praha : Academia, 2005. ISBN 80-200-1304-0.
  • Keller, Jan. Úvod do sociologie. Praha : Sociologické nakladatelství, 2004. ISBN 80-86429-39-3.
  • Mills, Charles Wright. Sociologická imaginace. Praha : SLON, 2002. ISBN 80-86429-04-0.
  • Moser, Paul K. The Oxford handbook of epistemology. New York ; Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-19-530170-6.
  • Říchová, Blanka. Úvod do současné politologie : srovnávací analýza demokratických systémů. Praha : Portál, 2002. ISBN 80-7178-628-4.
  • Weber, Max; Havelka, Miloš. Metodologie, sociologie a politika. Praha : Oikoymenh, 1998. ISBN 80-86005-48-8.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Foreign Relations (10-3) Social sciences 1 Winter
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Political Science (15-3) Social sciences 1 Winter