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Master's Thesis Seminar I - JPM736
Anglický název: Master's Thesis Seminar I
Zajišťuje: Katedra politologie (23-KP)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2019
Semestr: zimní
E-Kredity: 3
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:0/2, Z [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / 12 (12)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Patří ke studentské práci typu: diplomová práce
Poznámka: povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: doc. Michel Perottino, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Mgr. Bohumil Doboš, Ph.D.
RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D.
Třída: Courses not for incoming students
Neslučitelnost : JPM602
Je neslučitelnost pro: JPM602
Je prerekvizitou pro: JPM737
Soubory Komentář Kdo přidal
stáhnout theory-and-metatheory-in-ir.pdf RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D.
stáhnout 4479_001.tifa The end of the Gerring/Christenson CH 3 (pp. 42-46) RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (27.09.2020)

MTSI. is a course formalizing the MA thesis writing.

Credits are awarded for writing/researching part of your thesis under selected supervisor.


The supervisor will decide frequency of consultations (as well as the appropriate medium - ZOOM/GMEETS/etc.)


The grade will be delivered by your supervisors!


Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Michaela Frantová (27.06.2019)

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


(ii) Midterm test + homeworks related to topics discussed in class.


(iii) Final Test

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

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Michaela Frantová (27.06.2019)

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: PhDr. Michaela Frantová (27.06.2019)

Final test as well as the midterm are multiple choice tests.


Homeworks will be based on short analytical papers - solutions of a problem. 

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Michaela Frantová (27.06.2019)

1)      Intro

a.       Goals and organization of the course, assesment etc.

b.       Methodologies and methods – why we should care (examples)

2)      Types of arguments

a.       Descriptive

b.       Causal

c.       Normative

d.       Prescriptive

e.       Predictive

3)      Concepts and Measures

a.       Concepts

b.       Strategies of concept formation

c.       Measures

4)      Analyses

a.       Internal and external validity

b.       Sample size and representativness

c.       Sampling

d.       Reliability and validity

5)      Researching causal relationships

a.       Structural explanations

b.       Motivational explanations

c.       Interactive explanations

d.       Theory Building

6)      Causal analyses

a.       Causality

b.       Causal hypotheses

c.       Types of causal analyses

7)      Experiments

a.       With and without confounding

b.       Varieties of experiments

8)      Large N observational research

a.       Cross-sectional design

b.       Time series design

c.       Regression discontinuity design

9)      Case studies

a.       Case selection rules

b.       Within case studies

c.       Brief comparison with Large N studies

10)   Selected problems of causal inference

a.       Confounders (how to deal with the problem)

b.       Thinking about your reseach design in advance

c.       Combining large N studies and qualitative studies

11)   Logic of Inquiry vs. logic of presentation

a.       Reading and rewieving

b.       Data gathering

c.       Writing

d.       Speaking

12)   MA thesis project - presentations



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