Applied social research

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/07
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course follows the course of Methodology of Social Research. The objectives lead to the learning of competences related to the practical application of the basic knowledge acquired on the theoretical level: construction of a research design, epistemological reflection, correct use of quantitative and qualitative techniques and methods for social research.
Expected learning outcomes
In this course students are introduced to the construction of an empirical research starting from a theoretical question: definition of hypothesis and indicators, construction of a questionnaire, data analysis and interpretation of results. By the end of the course students should have practice tools to: a) understand the main problems of the qualitative and quantitative research process, b) critically evaluate the aspects of the empirical research methods.
The students will be introduced to the use of a statistical software for data analysis and hypothesis testing (Modules I-II) and to the application of qualitative technique of research (Module III).
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Third trimester
Course syllabus
ATTENDING STUDENTS
The course provides applications of the knowledge acquired in the course of Methodology of Social Research, in particular:
- 6 cfu (prof.Sarti) will be dedicated to the construction of a quantitative research design, structured as follows: 1. Definition of a research design, 2. Definition of hypotheses and indicators, 3. Construction of a questionnaire or review of data for secondary analysis, 4. Data analysis using SPSS, 5. Interpretation of results.
- 3 cfu (prof. Bonizzoni) will be dedicated to the construction of a qualitative research (in-depth interview, focus group, participant observation, use of documents).

NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS
The course is thought in practical terms, so the attendance is highly recommended.
The program for non-attending students is based on the basic topics of the course in Social Research Methodology.
In particular the themes are the following ...
For the quantitative part: sources of data, concepts and variables, questionnaire, monovariate and bivariate analysis, introduction to multivariate analysis.
For the qualitative part: qualitative research techniques (participant observation, in-depth interviews, group techniques, document analysis).
Moreover, it's necessary to study some empirical research articles made available on the ARIEL platform: ARTICOLIdiRICERCA_9cfu: https://ssartirsa.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx
Prerequisites for admission
Statistics and Methodology of social research
Teaching methods
During lectures and lab exercises students will face applied lessons on methodological questions and lessons on technical skills. These skills will be the subject of personal research by students under the supervision of classroom teachers.
The course consists of three 20-hour modules. The first two quantitative modules are learned by prof.Simone Sarti, the third qualitative part is learned by prof.Paola Bonizzoni.
The course is held in a computer lab (Room 2) and requires compulsory attendance for at least 80% of lessons.
Teaching Resources
ATTENDING STUDENTS
Appunti delle lezioni su ARIEL - RICERCA SOCIALE APPLICATA
A.de Lillo, L.Arosio, S.Sarti, M.Terraneo, S.Zoboli, Metodi e Tecniche della Ricerca Sociale, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2011
F.Biolcati Rinaldi,C.Vezzoni, L'analisi secondaria nella ricerca sociale, IlMulino, 2013

NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS
A.de Lillo, L.Arosio, S.Sarti, M.Terraneo, S.Zoboli, Metodi e Tecniche della Ricerca Sociale, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2011
A.de Lillo, "Il Mondo della Ricerca Qualitativa", UTET, Torino, 2010
F.Biolcati Rinaldi,C.Vezzoni, L'analisi secondaria nella ricerca sociale, IlMulino, 2013
ARIEL, articles in the section ARTICOLIdiRICERCA_9cfu: https://ssartirsa.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is written and in Italian.
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 3006
Lessons: 60 hours
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