Research Methodologies


It is intendend that students develop and improve:
1. Knowledge and methodological skills to outline and manage, with na integrated and evolutive approach, a research project leading to the Masters dissertation;
2. Knowledge and understanding of the main methodological options available in Social Sciences, and the ability to combine them according to the established research objectives;
3. Ability to present and critically discuss Research Projects.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Isabel dos Santos Figueiredo Pinto


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language



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DELLA PORTA, Donatella e Michael Keating – Approaches and methodologies in the social sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
JACKSON, Patrick T. – The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations. London: Routledge, 2010.
KING, Gary, Robert O. KEHOANE, e Sidney VERBA – Designing Social Inquiry. Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994.
MAY, Tim – Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process. Buckingham : Open University Press. 2003.
QUIVY, Raymond e Luc Van-CAMPENHOUDT – Manual de Investigação em Ciências Sociais. Lisboa: Gradiva 2005.

Teaching method

Teaching method: Lectures by the responsible academic staff member, with a theoretical-pratical component, including exercises conducted in class. Tutorial support in order to prepare a Research Plan (final assessement).


Evaluation method

Método de avaliação - Presentation of a Research Plan for a project to be developed(100%)

Subject matter

I. Introduction to Social Sciences: Positivism and Post-Positivism
II. Research Plan - First Level: Exploratory Research (State of the Art; Research Design)
III. Research Plan - Second Level: Empirical Generalizations
IV. Research Methods and Typologies: Research approaches and strategies (descriptive and experimental; qualitative and quantitative; comparative and case studies)