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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP3050092, A.A. 2014/15

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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ARJUNA TUZZI SECS-S/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SECS-S/05 Social Statistics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2015
End of activities 13/06/2015
Show course schedule 2018/19 Reg.2013 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: none
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at introducing students to some methods and techniques for social research, with particular reference to: organization of surveys, research sources, and data analysis.
At the end of the course the student should be able to:
- recognize limitations and advantages of different approaches to social research;
- read critically the results of a survey;
- manage different research sources and official statistics.
Examination methods: 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).
Assessment criteria: The final grade is the mean value of the grades obtained in the written exam and the written report.
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 (short notes)
- Organization of a survey
- Interview and questionnaire
- Collection of text corpora
- Content analysis and statistical analysis of textual data (short notes)
- Software for analysis of textual data
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures
Students' seminars.
Computer lab tutorials for (textual) data analysis.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The teacher will arrange study resorces and share study materials during the classes.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Gobo, Giampietro; Mauceri, Sergio, Constructing survey dataan interactional approachGiampietro Gobo, Sergio Mauceri. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Lebart, Ludovic; Salem, Andrè, Exploring textual databy Ludovic Lebart, Andre Salem and Lisette Berry. Dordrecht \etc.!: Kluwer academic, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Krippendorff, Klaus, Content analysisan introduction to its methodologyKlaus Krippendorff. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pelosi, Marilyn K.; Sandifer, Theresa M., Doing statistics for business with Exceldata, inference and decision makingMarilyn K. Pelosi, Theresa M. Sandifer. New York <etc.>: John Wiley and Sons, --. Cerca nel catalogo