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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
SOCIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Course unit
METHODOLOGIES AND TECHNIQUES FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
SPL1002924, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SOCIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
SP1419, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination METHODOLOGIES AND TECHNIQUES FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scienzeumane/course/view.php?idnumber=2017-SP1419-000ZZ-2016-SPL1002924-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge ANNALISA MARIA FRISINA SPS/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses SPS/07 General Sociology 9.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 FRISINA ANNALISA MARIA (Presidente)
KYEREMEH SANDRA AGYEI (Membro Effettivo)
7 2017/18 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 FRISINA ANNALISA MARIA (Presidente)
BELOTTI VALERIO (Membro Effettivo)
6 2016/17 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 FRISINA ANNALISA MARIA (Presidente)
BELOTTI VALERIO (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Students are required to have passed the examination of Methodology and Social research methods I
Target skills and knowledge: The course will provide an overview of qualitative research.
Students will learn how to produce and analyse qualitative data and how to communicate research results to different publics.
After completing this course, students will have a good command of qualitative research methods, especially of participant observation, focus group and visual methods.
Examination methods: The final examination is composed by a written examination on the full program.

Students who participated in the full course (research practice included) CAN ask for an oral exam only at the exam session reserved to attending students (at the end of May).
Assessment criteria: -Knowledge of methodological contents illustrated in the course
-Competent use of sociological categories and vocabulary
-Ability to make links between research theory and practices through critical and reflexive discussion of empirical examples

For students who participated in the full course
-Knowledge of contents illustated in class lectures and seminars
-engagement in the research process
Course unit contents: The course will start from a definition of qualitative research and from the defence of the reasons that justify its use. Moreover, there will be a review of the principal research methods such as participant observation, discursive interview and, especially, focus groups.
Students will be required to participate in a research process.
Focus group research experience will be possible thanks to the cooperation of a "Liceo delle Scienze Sociali" from Padua. High school students will participate to focus group discussions and they will be invited to university for the presentation of research results.
The last part of the course will be devoted to visual research and there will be seminars with experts.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The Course will be divided into 3 parts:

1st part
Class lectures, with the use of multimedia materials on ethnographic research, discursive interview and participant observation (with group works and collaborative studying)

2nd part
Class lectures on focus group and a practical research experience organised in one high school

3rd part
Class lectures and public seminars with experts and stakeholders on visual research
Additional notes about suggested reading: During all the course, moodle platform will be used in several ways (digital archiving of slides and articles; forum for students; communication with students; sharing and discussing research materials etc)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Giovanni Semi, L'osservazione partecipante. Una guida pratica. Bologna: il Mulino, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Annalisa Frisina, Focus group. Una guida pratica. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Annalisa Frisina (a cura di), Metodi Visuali di Ricerca Sociale. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2016. Si consiglia versione su www.pandoracampus.it Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cardano M., Cap 5. Matti o uditori di voci? (su Intervista discorsiva). Roma: Cartocci, 2011. in Cardano, M., Manocchi M., Vetturini G., Ricerche. Un'introduzione alla metodologia delle scienze sociali Cerca nel catalogo