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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

Methodology and Methods for Sociological Research

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 1, 2 модуль


Course Syllabus


The course covers the following general topics: - Planning and Designing Social research - Ethical issues in social Research - Interviewing and Questionnaire design - Content Analysis. Reading and discussion of some widely known studies is combined with practical exercises on development of research design and specific tools.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course covers the following general topics: - Research design - Quantitative methodology - Qualitative methodology - Online studies - Research ethics
  • introduce students to the basics of research methodology in social sciences, and give a brief overview of the most relevant research methods.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to formulate research question and choose appropriate methodology
  • Know the ethical requirements and limitations for different research methods
  • Know the main stages of a research
  • Understand the basic idea and the differences between main research methods: survey, anthropological/ biographical study, online research etc.
  • Understand the basic idea and the differences between main research methods: survey, anthropological/ biographical study, online research etc
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Planning and designing case studies
  • Theory and Research
  • Ethical Issues in a Case Study
  • Interview and Questionnaire Design
  • Content Analysis
  • Observation
  • Methods of data collection
  • Survey in a qualitative study
  • Quantitative vs. Qualitative methods
  • Focus Group Method
  • Secondary Data Analysis
  • Research hypothesis
  • Research question
  • Research Problem
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Activities in class
  • non-blocking Home tasks
    In case of the lack of class participation during the class, additional essays may be assigned in order to test the understanding of the topic. The grade for the essay will be included into home tasks grade.
  • non-blocking Tests
  • non-blocking Exam 1 year
    As your exam, you'll receive a set of 3-5 questions. You need to answer two of them in a written form. Each question will raise a methodological problem. We expect you to express your own ideas and attitudes, that should be supported by examples and concepts from the course. Each submission will be checked for plagiarism. If any traces of plagiarism will be found, the submission will be graded with 0. If you are using ideas from other sources, you need to put a proper reference. Since there are two questions, you can get 5 points for each.
  • non-blocking Midterm exam
  • non-blocking Written summaries of the assigned readings
    You need to submit a written summary of each reading assignment. The summary should include all the definitions and classifications presented in the reading. The summary should not contain plagiarism
  • non-blocking Activities in class
  • non-blocking Home assignments
  • non-blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2020/2021 2nd module
  • 2020/2021 3rd module
    0.3 * Activities in class + 0.3 * Exam 1 year + 0.1 * Home tasks + 0.2 * Tests + 0.1 * Written summaries of the assigned readings
  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.2 * Activities in class + 0.4 * Exam + 0.4 * Home assignments


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Hegde, D. S. (2015). Essays on Research Methodology. New Delhi: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1001250
  • Maruyama, G., & Ryan, C. S. (2014). Research Methods in Social Relations (Vol. 8th ed). Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=798826

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Kothari, C. R. (2004). Research Methodology : Methods & Techniques (Vol. 2nd rev. ed). New Delhi: New Age International. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=277465
  • Rugg, G., & Petre, M. (2007). A Gentle Guide to Research Methods. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=234246