Poslední úprava: Mitchell Young, M.A., Ph.D. (06.11.2018)
The seminar will introduce students to qualitative methods, which are those research techniques concerned broadly with non-mathematical, naturally occurring and non-experimental research practices that look to uncover the meanings and significance of the wide variety of evidence that social researchers collect. Qualitative research includes a broad range of approaches and research techniques. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to a number of the most commonly used approaches and techniques.
Upon completing the course students will acquire a basic overview of qualitative methods, how to utilise these methods, the advantages and disadvantages of each approach. Students will understand the relevance of methodology for academic writing and the relationship between methodology and theory. Students will conclude the course by putting their knowledge to action, in the creation of their research project.
Grading: excellent (A) 100-90%, very good (B) 89-80%, good (C) 79-70%, satisfactory (D) 69-60%, (E) 59-50%, unsatisfactory (F) < 50%
2 - a written research project (approximately 1500-words) due on January 4th
-The research project should follow the ‘Thesis Proposal’ outline provided
-this is an opportunity to ‘try-out’ your first ideas for your MA thesis and receive constructive feedback
25% for the presentation of the research project
25% for the written research project
October 4th, 2018
October 11th, 2018
October 18th, 2018
Nature of social research and conducting a literature review
Haldén (focus on the literature review)
Bryman (Chapters 1 and 5)
Haldén, P. (2011) The past, present and future(s) of environmental security studies. Cooperation and Conflict 46(3): 406-414.
October 25th, 2018
Research Problem and Design
Eidlin (focus on the research problem and design)
Bryman (Chapters 3 and 4)
Eidlin, F. (2011) The Method of Problems versus the Method of Topics. PS: Political Science and Politics 44(4): 758-761.
November 1st, 2018
Concepts and Variables
Brubaker and Cooper (focus on the concepts and variables)
Bryman (Chapters 7 and 17)
Brubaker, R. and Cooper, F. (2000) Beyond “identity”. Theory and Society 29: 1-4
November 8th, 2018
Lewis (focus on the case study)
Selections from: Blatter, J., & Haverland, M. (2012). Designing case studies: Explanatory approaches in small-N research. Palgrave Macmillan.
Lewis, J (2005) The Janus Face of Brussels: Socialization and Everyday Decision Making in the European Union. International Organization 59: 937-978.
November 15th, 2018
Graham et al. (focus on discourse analysis)
Bryman (Chapter 22)
Graham, P. et al. (2004) A Call to Arms at the End of History: A Discourse–Historical Analysis of George W. Bush’s Declaration of War on Terror. Discourse & Society 15 (2-3): 199-211.
November 22nd, 2018
Elite Interviews and Focus Groups
Saldaña (focus on coding interviews)
Bryman (Chapter 20 and 21)
Saldaña 2013 pp. 1-40
November 29th, 2018
*preliminary literature review due
Densely (covert ethnography)
Bryman (Chapter 19)
Densley (2012) Street Gang Recruitment: Signaling, Screening, and Selection." Social Problems 59, no. 3 301-21.
December 6th, 2018
December 13th, 2018
December 20th, 2018
 Students are only granted one absence (which should be reported in advance to the course coordinators). Any other absence will require students to submit a written report of 500 words which summarizes the readings for the missed seminar. This report needs to be submitted at the next seminar.