Social Research Methodology I

Course Description – Objectives

The course is an introduction to inquiry in social sciences. The two main methodological research paradigms that of quantitative and qualitative ones, are presented. Basic questions regarding what is science, what is research, how does it work, what is an hypothesis in social research, what are the ethics and the standard errors in research methods, how do we measure concepts that are abstracts, what and how do we observe and how we evaluate while conducting research, what sampling means, what is a research design, what are the key principles of quantitative data analysis, what are the main types of quantitative methods and their inherent limitations, and finally what are the key parameters of writing research reports, are some of the key issues that the course focuses on and students are expected to understand and strengthen their ability to evaluate the material presented.


Degree Program: Social Administration (2nd semester – compulsory)

Degree Program : Political Science (2nd semester – compulsory)

Teaching hours: 3 per week

Course tutor: Chris Morfakidis, Lecturer

Course Description and Purpose:
Purpose of the course is to analyze the system of fundamental rights of the Constitution. Individual rights are intended firstly to ensure a free existence and scope of action of the individual against arbitrary interference of state power. Social rights concern the obligation of the state to take positive measures to ensure commodity citizens. At one level it is necessary to present the basic characteristics that relate to the structure and functioning of the relevant constitutional provisions. At a second level is selection and interpretation of the main individual and social rights. Particular emphasis is placed on theory and analysis of social rights, to the extent that form the constitutional framework of the constitution and the Social Management of social policy.

Course Outline:
Ø Concept and sources of fundamental rights
Ø Details of the history of fundamental rights
Ø Structure, function and scope of protection of fundamental rights
Ø Guarantees compliance with fundamental rights
Ø The principle of the social state

Ø Analysis of individual civil and social rights in the current Constitution
• Civil rights
i) The protection of human dignity
ii) The principle of gender equality
iii) The right to personal development and participation in the life of the country
iv) The protection of life
v) Freedom of movement
vi) The protection of the health and genetic identity
vii) The right to information
viii) The personal security
ix) The standardization of criminal phenomenon
x) The right of natural justice
xi) The inviolability of residence of asylum and the protection of privacy
xii) The right of informational self-determination
• Social rights
i) The protection of the family, marriage, motherhood, childhood and vulnerable categories of citizens
ii) The right to work
iii) The right to social security

Learning objectives:
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
(a) Understand the classical triple distinction of constitutional rights in civil, political and social according to their legal nature.
(b) Describe the structure, function and protection fields.
(c) To analyze the regulatory scope of individual civil and social rights.

A written examination at the end of the semester (100%)

• Chrysanthakis, Ch., 2007, Lectures on Constitutional Law. 1st Version. Athens: Nomiki Bibliothiki
• Chrysogonos, K., 2006, Individual and Social Rights, 3rd Edition. Athens: Nomiki Bibliothiki
• Katrougalos G., 2006, Social rights, 1st Version. Athens: Ant. Sakkoulas
• Aliprantis Nikitas Katrougalos George S., Brillat Regis, Kravaritou – Manitaki Giota, Ioannis D. Koukiadis., Ioannis K. Papageorgiou., Emane Augustin, Picard Loic, 2008, The social rights at the supranational level in the world, 1st Version. Athens: Papazisis
• Katrougalos G., 2009, institutions of social policy and protection of social rights in international and national level. 1st Version.Athens: Nomiki Bibliothiki