SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS

Second cycle degree in HUMAN RIGHTS AND MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: JARI OLAVI METSÄMUURONEN

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: none
Examination methods: Attending students:
1) A written test based on open-ended questions.
2) A written report based on quantitative and qualitative analyses of a corpus of documents (students' seminar and discussion during classes).
3) A paper based on the analysis of an international survey.

Non-attending students:
A written essay based on open-ended questions (cfr. compulsory readings)
Course unit contents: The course in Social Research Methods is an advanced course in Social Statistics that provides a critical introduction to the methods used to collect and process data in the social sciences.
The course covers data collection problems with particular reference to international Official Sources and data processing methods for both textual data (corpora) and matrices of data (observations per variables). The students will be involved in practical research activities to achieve statistical reasoning and develop problem solving skills.

Main contents:
- Methods and techniques for social research (introduction)
- Research sources
- Official statistics
- Social indicators
- Organization of a survey
- Interview and questionnaire
- Collection of text corpora
- Content analysis and statistical analysis of textual data (short notes)
- Software packages for the analysis of textual data