General information

Module title Methodology of Cultural Studies Research
Language EN
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Michał A. Michalski
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 30


Module aim (aims)

• acquisition of basics of knowledge about the role of methods of social research and their influence of their results in social life
• acquisition of elementary knowledge about the structure and phases of the research process
• development of orientation in basic concepts, tools and methods of cultural research
• development of experience in practice of planning, conducting of research project, analysis and interpretation of data
• acquisition of experience in interpretation of data and presentation of results of cultural research
• development of ability of critical thinking in reception and interpretation of the social research results

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

- general orientation in cultural perspective and its background in the Western scientific history;
- ability to understand and speak English fluently
- ability to participate in a lecture and organize one’s work


Week 1: Introduction – culture and its role and understanding
Week 2: Origins of social research. Role and purpose of social research. Sources and forms of human knowledge.
Week 3: Characteristics of the scientific method. Science in culture. Social context in social research. Information from research in decision making process.
Week 4: Different perspectives within cultural studies research.
Week 5: Research ethics.
Week 6: Research of the Social World through the Lens of Experience
- from Experience to Social World
Week 7: Stories and the Social World
Week 8: Approaches to researching ‘cultural production’
Week 9: Cultural Consumers
Week 10: Case Study Method
Week 11: Research of Organizational Culture
Week 12: Hofstede Cultural Approach
Week 13: Inglehart’s approach for cultural analysis
Week 14: Other approaches to cultural analysis
Week 15: Preparation for the exam

Reading list

? E. Babbie, The Basics of Social Research, Wadsworth, Belmont 2011.
? N.K. Denzin, Y. S. Lincoln (ed.), The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research, Sage
? M. Pickering (ed.), Research Methods for Cultural Studies, Edinburgh University Press, 2008.
? M. Angrosino, Doing Ethnographic and Observational Research, Sage, London 2007.