Research Laboratory - Project Preparation

Name: Research Laboratory - Project Preparation
Code: SOC2418L
Duration: 15 weeks/156 hours
Scientific Area: Sociology

Teaching languages: Portuguese
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese
Regime de Frequência: Presencial

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

THis course is organized in small form-focused seminars, according to the following learning objectives:
1. promote cognitive and reflective skills: development and objectification of sociological curiosity;
2. promote critical, analytical and reflective skills: select a sociological object and develop a problematic;
3. promote methodological skills of formalization and objectivity: research strategy and analysis model;
4. promote methodological skills of evaluation and selection: delimitation of a space of analysis.


1. Themes and processes of sociological research: developing research projects.
2. The research process.
2.1 Construction of the object: the starting question (reflection, readings and exploratory interviews)
2.2 The problematic and the analysis model (theoretical discussion, concepts and working hypotheses)
2.3 Problems of operationalization
3. Design and research strategies (intensive-qualitative, comparative-typological, extensive-quantitative)

Teaching Methods

This course proposes to hold small seminars around problems and components of a process of sociological
research. The evaluation process focuses on the active participation of students in the various seminars and
more particularly in the development of a research project and presentation of their project report.

Teaching Staff