Course code Soci1005

Credit points 2

Basics of Research

Total Hours in Course32

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Date of course confirmation22.03.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Laima Barisa

Mg. sc. soc.

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to introduce students to the scientific work organization principles, starting with the choice of the theme, the subject formulation, the components of language style and finishing with the completion of the study presentation and demonstration.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

The knowledge about
- the terms of choosing scientific research work subject
- requirements for developing the illustrative part
- requirements for the content of the report and presentation
- defending procedure of paper / project, bachelor and master theses
The Skills developed
- formulate research objectives, tasks and hypothesis / research questions on the respective issue
- formulate the study subjects
- creating academic texts and the presentation
- to present the results of the study
The Competences - The ability to handle the scientific research work and its results and present them.

Compulsory reading

1. Kristapsone S. Zinātniskā pētniecība studiju procesā. Rīga:Biznesa augstskola Turība, 2008. 349.lpp.
2. David, Matthew., Sutton C.,D. Social Research. The basics. London: Sage Publications, 2004. 385 pp.
3. Kroplijs A.. Raščevska M. Kvalitatīvās pētniecības metodes sociālajās zinātnēs. Rīga: Raka, 2004. 178 lpp.
4. Geske A., Grīnfelds A. Izglītības pētījumu metodoloģija un metodes. Rīga: Raka, 2001. 108 lpp.

Further reading

1. Payne G., Payne J., Key concepts in Social Research. Sage Publications, 2004. 242 p.
2. Eko U., Kā uzrakstīt diplomdarbu? Rīga: Jāņa Rozes apgāds, 2006. 319 lpp.
3. The Sage Handbook of Social Research methods. Ed. by Alasuutari P., Bickman L., Brannen J.- SAGE Publications, 2008. 631 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Journal Humanities andSocial Sciences: Latvia . - R: University of Latvia, Institute of Economic, Latvian Academy of Sciences,2007-2010. - ISSN: 1022-4483
2. http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/ [Tiešsaiste] [Skatīts internetā 09.03.2011.]
3. http://www.books.google.com [Tiešsaiste] [Skatīts internetā 10.03.2011.]