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School of Psychology
SOCIAL, WORK AND COMMUNICATION PSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSP4064870, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SOCIAL, WORK AND COMMUNICATION PSYCHOLOGY
PS1087, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 ALBERTA CONTARELLO M-PSI/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/05 Social Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

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.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides an introduction on qualitative and quali-quantitative methods in social psychology and related disciplines with emphasis on their strengths and limits. Students will be invited to form a coherent set of knowledge enabling them to choose and use methods and techniques suited for specific research aims.
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
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on theoretical and methodological knowledge with frequent examples of research. The ability to apply and discuss autonomously concepts and methods will be positively evaluated.
Course unit contents: The course will be composed of two parts. The first will treat meta-theories for 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).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures will integrate frontal presentation with self-organised students' work. Main software will be presented in practice-oriented workshops. Students will be invited to produce a written report which will become part of the examination.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Flick U., "An Introduction to Qualitative Research" (4th or 5th edition). London: Sage, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Creswell J.W., "Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches" (updated version). London: Sage, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Problem based learning
  • Reflective writing

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