Course code Soci4008

Credit points 3

Data Obtaining and Processing

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes24

Independent study hours72

Date of course confirmation01.02.2017

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developers

author reserch

Ginta Kronberga

Dr. sc. soc.

author lect.

Jānis Pāvulēns

Mg. ed.

Prior knowledge

Psih2037, Social Psychology

Course abstract

Students acquire knowledge on the basic principles of research. the research ethics and measurements, develop necessary skills to obtain, process, and interpret data. During the course students acquire social knowledge that is considered to be as an important element of contemporary professional culture of specialists of different sectors as it allows being competent in problem situations and making justified decisions considering socio economic processes and necessity of multidisciplinary knowledge within a context of the particular field of professional activity.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge:to understand the structure and the tendencies of functioning and development of society, to identify and evaluate the potential research problems, to be aware about characteristics of research designs, to characterize data collection and processing methods.
• Skills: to use different sources of information, to discuss tendencies of societal development and evaluate critically socio economic processes, to use knowledge on social processes for being involved in social activities of the society, to formulate and evaluate critically research problem and purpose statement, to choose an appropriate research design and data collection and data processing methods, to explain the data results and draw conclusions.
• Competence: will be able to solve problem situations and to make decisions considering social knowledge, to carry out and to make available to public his/her research in Bachelor Thesis, will be able to evaluate critically and practically use the results of other studies.

Compulsory reading

1. Ievads pētniecībā: stratēģijas, dizaini, metodes. Sastādītāja Kr. Mārtinsone. Rīga: RaKa, 2011. 284 lpp. 2. Paula L., Korpa V. Socioloģija: mācību līdzeklis. Jelgava: LLU SZF Socioloģijas katedra, 2010. 143 lpp. 3.The Oxford handbook of sociology and organization studies: classical foundations. Ed. by P. S. Adler. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. 679 p. Oxford handbooks. 4. Kristapsone S. Zinātniskā pētniecība studiju procesā. Rīga: SIA Biznesa augstskola Turība, 2008. 352 lpp.

Further reading

1. Giddens E. Politics, sociology and social theory: encounters with classical and contemporary social thought. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1995. 304 p. 2. Bruce S., Yearley S. The Sage Dictionary of sociology. London: Sage Publications, 2006. 328 p. 3. Contemporary sociological theory. Ed. by Craig Calhoun. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2007. 489 p. Sociological theory reader; vol. 2.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Educational portal "Research Methodology" [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 03.03.2017.]. Pieejams:
2. Pārresoru koordinācijas centra pētījumu un publikāciju datu bāze. [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 03.03.2017.]. Pieejams:
3. Latvija. Pārskats par tautas attīstību. Atbildīgums. 2008/2009. Rīga: LU Sociālo un politisko pētījumu institūts, 2009. 226 lpp.