Introduction to Social Research Methods 1
Code: 37764
ECTS: 5.0
Lecturers in charge: doc. dr. sc. Ivan Balabanić
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English level:


In agreement with the students enrolled in the course, the lecturer will provide as many teaching elements in English as possible, or in both English and Croatian for mixed groups (i.e., bilingual teaching materials and bilingual exams). Level 2 also includes additional individual consultations with foreign students (as in Level 1) for the teaching elements which will be held in Croatian.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 30
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Course description

e-learning level 2
english level 2

Upon the successfully passed exam, students will be able to
Design a simple research project.
Conform to a teamwork with co-workers from various disciplines, of different attitudes or value orientations.
Explain the difference between micro and macro level of the sociological analysis.
Develop the research question related to the subject process phenomenon of social interest.
Employ the adequate methodological approach in the research of social phenomena.
Employ the highest ethical norms in conducting of the social research with an aim of protecting the human subjects form any possible harm.

Learning Outcomes
1. Apply the steps of the scientific method
2. Interpret the epistemological basis of different types of knowledge, basic social scientific methods and the various approaches to social research questions
3. Distinguish between the requirements and limitations of the various methodologies used in the social sciences
4. Identify various modes of design for data collection
5. Explain the role of theory in preparation of the research
6. Summarize the previous research findings
7. Explain the highest ethical standards of the social research
8. Develop goals and purpose of the research
9. Develop research hypotheses (quantitative methods)
10. Construct a comprehensive research design

Week plan
1. Introduction into the course, principles of the science method
2. Epistemic base of different types of knowlege; basic methods of social research
3. The nature of the data
4. The role of theory in the social research
5. Qualitative methods
6. Qualitative methods, purpose, goals and research questions
7. Quantitative methods
8. Quantitative methods, purpose, goals, research questions, hypotheses
9. Mixed methods
10. The logic of sampling in qualitative and quantitative research
11. Research ethics
12. Research ethics - informed consent
13. Research design
14. Social research as a social relationship
15. Social research as a social relationship

Evaluated are A research design (30%), in-class exam (20%), final written exam (30%), obligatory class attendance (20%).
  1. Miroslav Vujević; Uvođenje u znanstveni rad u društvenim znanostima; Školska knjiga, Zagreb (2006)
  2. Bob Matthews and Liz Ross; Research methods: a practical guide for the social sciences (Poglavlje A); Essex, UK: Pearson Education Limited (2010)
3. semester
Mandatory course - Mandatory studij - Sociology
Mandatory course - Mandatory studij - Sociology
Consultations schedule:


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