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Introduction to social science research methods

Uvod v metode družboslovnega raziskovanja

Course credits:

6.00 ECTS / 60 (30 hours of lectures, 30 hours of exercises, 0 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Valentina Hlebec


  • Tch. Asst. Dr. May Doušak
  • Assoc. Prof. Mitja Hafner Fink
  • Tch. Asst. Dr. Emil Polajnar
  • Tch. Asst. Kristina Rakinić






Second semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of Defence Studies
  • Undergraduate Programme of Political Science - Public Policies and Sdministration
  • Undergraduate Programme of Social Informatics
  • Undergraduate Programme of Sociology
  • Undergraduate Programme of Sociology - Human Resources Management

Short content

1. Some basic problems of social research: research practice (examples), research goals, structure of knowledge-building process, scientific theory and its structure, empirical evidence, method; 2. Research strategies and social science paradigms: quantitative, qualitative, and comparative research; positivism and interpretative paradigm; integration of methods 3. Scientific explanation and the structure of research process: theory and empirics; alternative approaches to the explanation; types of research; participants; concept of causality; 4. Quantitative, qualitative and comparative research: basic characteristics and the course of research (examples); data collection and measurement; problems of data analysis; 5. Social determination of research: values and the problem of objectivity, research ethics.

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