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Methodology and Methods for Sociological Research

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
2 year, 1, 2 module


Course Syllabus


The course introduces students to the basics of research methodology in social sciences, and gives a brief overview of the most relevant research methods. 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
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

  • Theory and Research
  • The nature and process of social research
  • Research question
  • Research Problem
  • Research hypothesis
  • Quantitative vs. Qualitative methods
  • Methods of data collection
  • Three Purposes of Research, Units of Analysis
  • Measurement
  • Reliability
  • Validity
  • Research designs
  • Experiments
  • Quantitative samples
  • Qualitative samples
  • Research Ethics
  • Mixed methods
  • E-Research
  • Planning and designing case studies
  • Ethical Issues in a Case Study
  • Interview and Questionnaire Design
  • Content Analysis
  • Observation
  • Survey in a quantitative study
  • Focus Group Method
  • Secondary Data Analysis
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 must not contain plagiarism
  • non-blocking Activities in class
  • non-blocking Home assignments
    HA = 0.5*HAseminars+0.25*Project 1+ 0.25*Project2
  • non-blocking Exam
    Googling will be punished by the retake.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 3rd module
    0.2 * Exam 1 year + 0.2 * Tests + 0.1 * Midterm exam + 0.3 * Activities in class + 0.1 * Home tasks + 0.1 * Written summaries of the assigned readings
  • 2022/2023 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