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Methodology and Methods for Sociological Research

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
1 year, 3, 4 module


Course Syllabus


The discipline "Methodology and Methods of Sociological Research" aims at systematization of main ideas about the specifics of sociological research design, methods and procedures of collecting information in social research, including the types of empirical sociological research and the research program content. The content of this discipline lays the foundation for more complex and specialized disciplines related to the research process, collection, analysis and interpretation of information.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To expand the basic knowledge of the 1-year methodology course on the methodology of sociological research, sociological research methods. To continue practicing and development of sociological research skills
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
  • A student compares research design
  • Be able to formulate a research question;
  • Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • Knowledge of the main principles of research ethics and the consequences of research misconduct.
  • Able to differentiate between types of measurement scales
  • knows various experimental designs, their strengths and weaknesses, and is able to choose an (quasi-)experimental design that is adequate to both hypothesis and resources at hand
  • Be able to formulate a research problem
  • Be able to formulate a research hypothesis
  • To learn basic reserach methods of data collection
  • To learn the basic types of research design
  • To be able to estimate the reliability of a mearement instrument
  • To be able to estimate the validity of a mearement instrument
  • To be able to describe the mix methods methodology
Course Contents

Course Contents

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

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class activities (during seminars)
    The average grade for all grades on in-class activity during seminars
  • non-blocking Homeworks
    Students write a short paper where they are supposed to answer a question posed by instructors.
  • non-blocking Practical applications
    Students are supposed to complete several task that will assist them when working on personal research projects.
  • non-blocking Exam: Project Proposal
    Students have to develop a research proposal using their knowledge of all sections of the course.
  • non-blocking Exam: Project Proposal
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 4th module
    0.3 * Exam: Project Proposal + 0.3 * Exam: Project Proposal + 0.25 * Homeworks + 0.25 * Homeworks + 0.25 * In-class activities (during seminars) + 0.25 * In-class activities (during seminars) + 0.2 * Practical applications + 0.2 * Practical applications
  • 2024/2025 2nd module
    1 * Exam: Project Proposal + 1 * Exam: Project Proposal