Seminar in Research Methodologies
Cod: 43002
Department: DCSG
ECTS: 10
Scientific area: Social Sciences
Total working hours: 260
Total contact time: 40

The curricular unit provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to conceive a coherent methodological framework. Special focus on multiple research methods and techniques aim to promote the identification of the most suitable methods to apply to students PhD thesis research project.
Ethic issues concerning research in Social Sciences will be addressed and discussed.


Methodological Paradigms – Qualitative and Quantitative
Methodological strategies
Ethic principles

1. Acquisition of various methods and techniques most used in social science research, in particular in the field of intercultural relations in its multiple dimensions.
2. Ability to comparatively analyze various  methodologies, identifying the potentialities and the limitations of each one.
3. Gain greater knowledge and understanding of the methodologies and techniques most suited to research project.
4. Acquire and demonstrate respect for the ethical demands of scientific practice.

1. Research in social science. Qualitative and quantitative research paradigms
2. Research planning: Aims, sample, hypothesis, chronogramme
3. Qualitative methods
3.1. Bibliographic research
3.2. Ethnographic research methods
3.3. Content and discourse analysis
3.4.(Auto)biographical narrative analysis
3.5. Multisited participative methodologies
4. Quantitative methods
4.1. Construction of quantitative methodological tools
5. Ethical issues in social sciences research

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Universidade Aberta, 2ª ed. (Manual obrigatório).
- Clegg, Frances (1995). Estatística para todos. Um manual para Ciências Sociais. Lisboa: Gradiva.
- Ghiglione, Rodolphe & Matalon, Benjamin (1993). O inquérito. Teoria e prática. Oeiras: Celta.
- Hannerz, Ulf (2003). "Being There... And There... And There! Reflections on Multi-Site Ethnography." Ethnography 4: 201-16.
- Miles, M. & Huberman, A. (1994). Qualitative data analysis. An expanded sourcebook. Thousand Oaks/Londres/Nova Deli: Sage Publications.
- Quivy, Raymond & Campenhoudt, Luc Van (1992). Manual de investigação em Ciências Sociais. Lisboa: Gradiva.
-  Wacquant, Loic (2006). Seguindo Pierre Bourdieu no Campo. Revista de Sociologia e Política, nº 26.


Assessment in this curricular unit will be carried out via continuous assessment of individual and group activities. Final assessment combines a range of assessment elements: the quality of participation in debate forums; individual and group work (critical reading and essays); individual final work.

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection as well as digital literacy to work at Moodle platform. English language knowledge is required.