Research Methodology for Sociology


1. Methodological knowledge and skills to delineate and manage, in an integrated and evolutive way, a basic or applied research project required for completing the non lective component of the master.

2. Knowledge and understanding of the main strategies and technical options available to social science research, and the ability to combine them in keeping with their research objectives.

3. Ability to communicate and engage in critical and refexive discussion of research projects.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Lúcia Albano Teixeira


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language



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Bardin, L. (2009). Análise de conteúdo. Edições 70.
Bryman, A. (2012). Social research methods. Oxford University Press.
Campenhoudt, L. V., Marquet, J., & Quivy, R. (2019). Manual de investigação em ciências sociais. Gradiva.
Guerra, I. (2006). Pesquisa qualitativa e análise de conteúdo. Sentidos e formas de uso. Principia Editora.
Hill, A. & Hill, M. M. (2008). Investigação por questionário. Edições Sílabo.
Lisboa, M. (Coord.) (2016). Metodologias de investigação sociológica: problemas e soluções a partir de estudos empíricos. Húmus.
Silva, A. S. & Pinto, J. M. (Orgs.) (1986). Metodologia das ciências sociais. Afrontamento.
Vicente, P.; Reis, E., & Ferrão, F. (2011). Sondagens: a amostragem como factor decisivo de qualidade. Sílabo.

Teaching method

The professors give framing synthesis lectures on all topics in the syllabus, which are deepened with the assigned readings. In parallell, students are asked to present the ongoing progress of their personal projects, from the first delineation of a research theme and its problematisation, the building in of outcomes of their autonomous literature review and their methodological learning, up to the final project design. The syllabus culminates with the discussion of the students´ individual projects.

Evaluation method

Final written project(100%)

Subject matter

1. The construction of scientific knowledge and the process of sociological research. 2. The starting question. The exploration of the theme: research, registration and use of bibliographic and documental information. 3. The sociological problem. Research planning: hypotheses and model of analysis. 4. Qualitative methods: approach, information gathering instruments and data analysis. 5. Quantitative methods: collection of information (sampling and survey). 6. Workshops with students based on the themes of their final assignments.