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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Introduction to Social Research Methodology - JSM692
Title: Introduction to Social Research Methodology
Guaranteed by: Department of Sociology (23-KS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2019 to 2020
Semester: winter
Points: 9
E-Credits: 9
Examination process: winter s.:combined
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/2 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: 30 / 30 (30)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Mgr. Jiří Remr, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Jiří Remr, Ph.D.
Last update: Mgr. Jiří Remr, Ph.D. (29.12.2016)
Introductory course of research methods deals with the most important issues in scientific research. It describes main steps of an analytical investigation and provides overview of practical procedures, methods and instruments. The key methodological cornerstones (e.g. defining the indicators, research design and data collection methods) are discussed in detail. Course introduces the variety of research techniques, among others sampling and mixing the modes of data collection. The course is recommendable for all specializations of social science studies.
Last update: Mgr. Jiří Remr, Ph.D. (28.10.2019)


Babbie, E., 2012. The Practice of Social Research. London, Wadsworth Publishing Company



Andrews, R., 2003. Research Questions. London, Continuum

Bickman, L. (ed.), 2000. Research Design. London, Sage Publication

Creswell, J. W.; Plano Clark, V. L., 2007. Designing and Conducting. Mixed Methods Research. California, Sage Publications

Gliner, J. A.; Morgan, G. A., 2000. Research Methods in Applied Settings (An Integrated Approach to Design and Analysis). New Jersey, LEA Publishing

Schutt, R. K., 2005. Investigating the Social World. The Process and Practice of Research. Boston, Sage Publications (4th ed.)

Singleton Jr., R. A.; Straits, B. C.; Straits, M. M., 1993. Approaches to Social Research. Oxford, Oxford University Press

Last update: doc. Mgr. Martin Hájek, Ph.D. (03.12.2019)


  1. Introduction to inquiry, process of social research and its key elements

  2. Research design

  3. Types of data, nature of typical variables, peculiarities of defining the indicators

  4. Sampling techniques

  5. Unobtrusive modes of data collection: observation, secondary data analysis, content analysis

  6. Modes of quantitative data collection: interviews, self-administered questionnaires, CATI, CASI, CAWI, etc.

  7. Modes of qualitative data collection: focus groups and in-depth interviews

  8. Strategies for mixed-mode data collection

  9. Some quality criteria for research activities

  10. Analysis of research findings (qualitative and quantitative)

  11. Presenting and reading research findings

  12. Ethical and legal aspects of social research

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