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Masterś Thesis Seminar I. - JPM602
Anglický název: Masterś Thesis Seminar I.
Zajišťuje: Katedra politologie (23-KP)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2015
Semestr: zimní
Body: 4
E-Kredity: 4
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:0/2 Z [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / 20 (20)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
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Garant: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D.
Vyučující: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D.
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Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (24.09.2013)

MT I. is dedicated for students at the begining of their master program (GPS). It is expected that enrolled students have not yet final idea of their master thesis. Therefore, the aim of this seminar is (i) to present some basic advices on thesis writing, general requirements etc. (ii) to indroduce students to basic issues of methodology and (iii) to offer them opportunity to figure out and discuss their ideas on possible master thesis.

General goals:   

1) Introduce (new) students to peculiarities of thesis writing

2) Explain formal demands imposed by the IPS FSV

3) Discuss basic methodological choices

4) Present basic methods used in the discipline of political science, IR, geography, etc.

5) Help the students to prepare (tentative) outline and proposal of their master thesis.

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (06.10.2016)

(i) Active participation, I do expect that students will read suggested readings and will be able to discuss this literature during the seminar.


(ii) Presentation of an article or a book focused on methodological aspects of the selected work (a book or an article should be from the social sciences) - the aim of this presentation is to highlight basic epistemological and methodological choices made by autor in the work under review.

Presentation should take 15-20 minutes + 10-15 minutes for general discussion.



(iv) Finally, students prepare outline of their master thesis by the end of the semester

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (24.09.2013)

Useful literature dealing with qualitative and multhi-metod research, philosophy of the social science etc.


BENNETT, A., ELMAN, C. (2007): Case study methods in the international relations subfield Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 40, 2, pp. 170-194

BENNETT, A., ELMAN, C. (2006): Complex Causal Relationship and Case Study Methods: The Example of Path Dependence, Political Analysis, 14, s. 250-267.

BRAUMOELLER, B., GOERTZ, G. (2000): The methodology of necessary conditions. American Journal of Political Science, 44, č. 4, s. 844-858.

CHALMERS, A. (1999): What is the Think Called Science. Hackett Publishing Co.; 3 edition, Indianapolis, 200 s.

COLLIER, D. (2011): Understanding Process Tracing. PS Political science and politics, 44, č. 4, s. 823-830.

ELMAN, C. (2005): Explanatory Typologies in Qualitative Studies of International Politics. International Organization, 59, č. 2, s. 293-326.

Fearon, J. (1991): Counterfactuals and hypothesis testing. World Politics, 43, č. 2, s. 169-195.

Flyvbjerg, B. (2006): Five Misunderstandings About Case-Study Research. Qualitative Inquiry, 12, č. 2, s. 219-245.

George, A., Bennett, A. (2005): Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences. MIT Press, Cambridge, 350 s.

GERRING, J. (1999): What Makes a Concept Good? An Integrated Framework for Understanding Concept Formation in the Social Sciences. Polity31, č. 3, s. 357-393.

GERRING, J. (2004): What is a Case Study and What is it Good For? American Political Science Review, 98, č. 2, s. 341-354.

Gerring, J. (2006): Single Outcome Studies, A Methodological Primer, International Sociology, vol. 21, no. 5, s. 707-734.

Gerring, J. (2007): Is There a (Viable) Crucial-Case Method? Comparative Political Studies 40, č. 3, s. 231-53.

GERRING, J., MCDERMOTT, R. (2007): An Experimental Template for Case Study Research, American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 51, No.3, s. 688-701.

Gerring, J., Seawright, J. (2008): Case Selection Techniques in Case Study Research, A Menu of Qualitative and Quantitative Options. Political Research Quarterly, 61, no. 2, s. 294-308.

GERRING, J. (2010): Causal Mechanisms: Yes, But…, Comparative Political Studies, vol. 43, no. 11, s. 1499-1526.

GERRING, J. (2012a): Mere Description. British Journal of Political Science , forthcomming, 32 s.

Grynaviski, E. (2012): Contrasts, conterfactuals and causes. European Journal of International Relations, 0(0) forthcomming - s. 1-24.

KING, G., KEOHANE, R., VERBA, S. (1994): Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research. Princeton University Press, Princeton, 300 s.

KOŘAN, M. (2009): Jakou cestou po pozitivismu? Pragmatismus a vědecký realismus a jejich role ve výzkumu mezinárodních vztahů. Mezinárodní vztahy, č. 1, s. 7-36.

Levy, J. (2008a): Case Studies: Types, Designs, and Logics of Inference. Conflict Management and Peace Science, 25, č. 1, s. 1-18.

LEVY, J. (2008b): Counterfactuals and Case Studies. In: Steffensmeier, J., Brady, H., Collier, D. (eds). Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology. Oxford University Press, New York, s. 627-644.

LIEBERMAN, A. (2005): Nested Analysis. American Political Science Review, 99, č. 3, s. 435-452.

Lijphart, A. (1971): Comparative Politics and Comparative Method. The American Political Science Review, 65, č. 3, s. 682-693.

MACDONALD, P. (2003): Useful Fiction or Miracle Maker: The Competing Epistemological Foundations of Rational Choice Theory. American Political Science Review, 97, č. 4, s. 551-565.

MAHONEY, J. (2000): Path Dependence in Historical Sociology. Theory and Society, 29, č. 4, s. 507-548.

MAHONEY, J. (2010): After KKV, The New Methodology of Qualitative Research, World Politics, Vol. 62, 1. s. 120-147.

MAHONEY, J., GOERTZ, D. (2004): The Possibility Principle: Choosing Negative Cases in Comparative Research. American Political Science Review, 98, č. 4, s. 653-669.

Monteiro, N., Ruby, K. (2009): IR and the False Promise of Philosophical Foundations, International Theory, 1, č. 1, s. 15-48.

RAGIN, C. (1987): Comparative Method, Moving Beyond Qualitative and Qantitative research, University of California Press, Los Angeles, 218 s.

RAGIN, C. (2008): Redesigning Social Inquiry: Fuzzy Sets and Beyond. University Of Chicago Press, Chicago, 240 s.

RUZZENE, A. (2012): Drawing Lessons from Case Studies by Enhancing Comparability. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 42, č. 1, s. 99-120.

Sayer, A. (1992): Method in Social Science. Routledge, London, 313 s.

Sayer, A. (2000): Realism and Social Science. Sage Publications, London, 224 s.

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (06.10.2016)


(i) Active participation, I do expect that students will read suggested readings and will be able to discuss this literature during the seminar.

(ii) Presentation of an (empirical) article or a book (belonging to the social sciences). Presentation should be focused on methodological aspects of the selected work - the aim of this presentation is to highlight basic epistemological and methodological choices made by autor in the work under review.

Presentation should take 20 minutes + 15 minutes for general discusion. 


(iii) Finally, students prepare tentative outline (proposal) of their master thesis by the end of the semester - cca 4-5 pages

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (06.10.2016)

Actually, there is not a strict syllabus, because MT I. seminar will be organized according to the needs of the students to some extent. Generally we will discuss several key topics, which accompany selection of a master thesis topic, selection and articulation of basic goals and questions and subsequent development of basic methodology.


 Anticipated structure of the seminar:


1) Organizational issues, deadlines, assessment. Master thesis at FSV - general demands (length, citation style, issues of plagiarism, basic structure of a thesis etc.).

2) Information sources - how to use them and what they can offer? (ISI WOS, Google Scholar, JSTOR etc.)

3) A master thesis - its possible types (read Van Evera 1997)

4) Epistemology and its methodological implications (neopositivism x scientific realism x anti-positivist approaches) - (read Monteiro, Rubby 2009)

5) On theories, empirical laws, patterns, concepts and research-framing questions; role of inductive and deductive reasoning in explanation - (read Van Evera 1997)

6) Descriptive vs. causal research (read Gerring 2012)

7) Quantitative vs. Qualitative research (similarities, differences and possibilities for multi-method research) - (read Mahoney, Goertz 2006)

8) Organization of the field - some differences between IR’s and Geography’s thinking on geopolitical issues

9) Qualitative research I - case selection rules (read Van Evera 1997)

10) Qualitative research II - discursive analysis (see Lupovici 2009, Drulak 2006)

11) Quantitative research - (OLS, ANOVA, Chý-test,  etc.)

12) MT proposal debate

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