QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Second cycle degree in SOCIAL, WORK AND COMMUNICATION PSYCHOLOGY (Ord. 2017)

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: ALBERTA CONTARELLO

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic notions of research methodology in psychology, sociology and social psychology.
It is expected a preliminary knowledge of the historical development of methods in social psychology and sociology, as well as of the debate on different forms of realism and constructivism.
Examination methods: Oral, with a written paper sent in advance.
At least five days prior to the exam, students will present a written paper. They are invited to choose a research article, published in a prestigious scientific journal, employing a qualitative or quali-quantitative method encountered within the course. The paper will include a resume, comment and discussion of the research article with links to main themes treated during the course.
The e-mail address for sending the paper is alberta.contarello@unipd.it. The object of the mail and the title of the file will be: paperQQM_Name_Surname
Course unit contents: The course will be composed of two parts. The first will treat meta-theories of qualitative and quali-quantitative research, as well as the "why and how" to do it. The second will present methods, techniques, procedures. Attention will be devoted to research design in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. Interviews, narratives, focus group, archive research will be explored. Content analyses and multivariate analyses will be widely considered, with reference to main software for qualitative and quali-quantitative research (Atlas.ti, Spad, TalTac, Iramuteq).