Research Methodologies


At the end of this course, the student should be able: a) to design a pre-project research b) to produce reflections based on the appropriate course of inquiry in its early stages, c) to demonstrate the ability to discuss issues and topics relevant to their research theme, involving themselves with reflexive capacity in argumentative debates in the context of the seminar sessions d) to know how to write texts according to conventions and ethical rules prevailing in academia, demonstrating high ability to articulate ideas and theoretically substantiate their points of view e) to be able to communicate orally their ideas and arguments in a clear and accurate before an audience f) to choose and clarify the choices made, for a research design adequate to the aims of their PhD thesis.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Manuel Gaspar da Silva Lisboa


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Total - 224

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Almeida, J. F. e J. M. Pinto, “Condições e Problemas, Genéricos da Pesquisa Empírica” em A Investigação nas Ciências Sociais, Lisboa, Ed. Presença, 1976 (1a Edição). pp. 61-114;
Bachelard, G., (1984) “O Racionalismo Aplicado”, em, A Epistemologia, Lisboa, Edições 70;
Bardin, Laurence (2009). Análise de conteúdo. Lisboa: Edições 70;

Bryan, Alan (2012). Social research methods. Oxford: Oxford University;
Quivy, R. e L. Champenhoud, (2003). Manual de investigação em Ciências Sociais, Lisboa, Gradiva;
Lisboa, Manuel (2016) (Coord.). Metodologias de Investigação Sociológica: problemas e soluções a partir de estudos empíricos. Vila Nova de Famalicão: Húmus;
Schmitter, P. C. (2008). “The design of social & political research”, in Della Porta, D. and M. Keating (eds.)Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences. A Pluralist Perspective, Cambridge University Press;

Teaching method

Theoretical classes. Presentation of the subject by the teachers.
Theoretical/practical classes. Students will work on the best suited methodologies to their research topic. They will prepare a technical file on the three main instruments chosen, regarding the collection, processing and data analysis.

Evaluation method

Presentation of the research pre-project (10%), Technical sheet (up to four pages per instrument), presented and discussed in class(30%), Written research pre-project paper (12-15 pages) (60%)

Subject matter

I Social problems, motivations, and biographical itineraries.
II Specificities of research methodologies in Gender Studies.
III From the social problem to the research object: construction of the project and definition of the research strategy. Examples of investigations.
IV Problematization, theoretical framework and definition of departure questions.
V Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodological tools.
VI Specificities of the quantitative observation and data analysis instruments.
VII Specificities of the qualitative observation and data analysis instruments.
VIII Specificities of the mixed observation and data analysis instruments. The intersystemic approaches to complexity. IX To analyze the results, to conclude and to redact. Examples of studies.


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