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Advanced Research Methodologies

Code 12135
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 15
Workload TP(15H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements not applicable
Mode of delivery --Face-to-face
Work placements --N.A.
Learning outcomes --The global objective is to consolidate the methodological skills which qualifies students to conceive a research project and to reasonably develop its different stages in a variety of research settings. It is also an objective to familiarize students with the existing variety of research methods and to provide them knowledge and skills which enables them to make options suitable to the nature of the object of and of the research purposes.
By the end of the course unit, students should be able to: autonomously organize a research process; to choose and /or adequately combine quantitative and qualitative methodologies; to apply the most adequate research tools to different types of research; to acquire sociological strategies and cognitive tools which allows them to properly analyze and interpret data resulting from different types of research; to approach innovative sociological practices; to apply skills associated with a critical and reflexive thought in addressing complex issues.
Syllabus --CHAPTER I – QUANTITATIVE METHODOLOGIES
1. Stages of a hypothetical-deductive research process
2. Definition, operationalization and quantification of hypotheses
3. Sampling techniques
4. Development and application of survey by questionnaire
5. Types of variables and main quantitative analysis’ techniques
6. Combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies – the triangulation method
CHAPTER II – QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGIES
1. Design of a qualitative research
2. Types of qualitative research
3. The field work/ collecting data
3.1 - Observation; interviews; field diary; life histories; documents; audiovisual media
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
4.1 – Writing qualitative research
5. Reflexivity and ethics in research.
Main Bibliography --Main bibliography:

1. Bernard, H. Russel (2000), Social research methods: qualitative and quantitative approaches, Thousand Oaks: Sage
2. Foddy, William (1996), Como Perguntar: teoria e prática da construção de perguntas em entrevistas e questionários, Oeiras: Celta
3. Kaplan, David (2004) (Eds), The Sage handbook of quantitative methodology for the social sciences, Thousand Oaks: Sage
4. Norman, K. Denzin, Yvonna S. Lincoln (2005) (Eds.), SAGE handbook of qualitative research. Norman. Thousand Oaks : Sage Publications
5. Silverman, David (2011) Qualitative Research (3rd edition), London: Sage Publications
6. Taylor, George (2005) (Eds), Integrating quantitative and qualitative methods in research, Lanham: University Press of America
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria In theoretical-practical classes scientific papers will be analyzed and discussed, which account for the main epistemological and theoretical issues, regarding different methodologies. Analyses will be made of practical cases and reference studies which allow students to describe, compare and criticize qualitative and quantitative research, as well as the articulation between them. To foster a reflection and sharing space which allow them to discuss together their own methodological options. By the end of the CU, students must present an outline of a research design, with particular focus on the presentation and justification of the methodological options, using the knowledge and skills acquired during the CU.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-03-22

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