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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP3050092, A.A. 2015/16

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP1980, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2015/16
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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 First 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 01/10/2015
End of activities 23/01/2016
Show course schedule 2019/20 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: 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.
Assessment criteria: Attending students:
The final grade is the mean value of the grades obtained in written exam, report and paper.
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: Readings (attending and non-attending students):
- Corbetta P. (2003), Social Research: Theory, Methods and Techniques. London: SAGE.
- Giuliano L. (2014), The value of words. Automatic text analysis tools in web 2.0. Rome: Data Science (
- Gobo G., Mauceri S. (2014), Constructing survey data: an interactional approach. Los Angeles: SAGE.
- Lebart L., Salem A., Berry L. (1998), Exploring textual data. Dordrecht: Kluwer ac.
- Krippendorff K. (2004), Content analysis: an introduction to its methodology. Thousand Oaks: SAGE.
- Pelosi M.K., Sandifer T.M. (2003). Elementary statistics: From discovery to decision. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
- Pelosi M.K., Sandifer T.M. (2006), Doing statistics for business with Excel: data, inference and decision making. New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Compulsory readings (non-attending students):
1) Gobo G., Mauceri S. (2014), Constructing survey data: an interactional approach. Los Angeles: SAGE.
2) Corbetta P. (2003), Social Research: Theory, Methods and Techniques. London: SAGE.
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
  • Corbetta, Piergiorgio, Social Research: Theory, Methods and Techniques. London: Sage, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo