Social Research Methodology

A.Y. 2023/2024
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to present the main logics and tools for research in the social sciences. The lessons will be oriented to the acquisition of methodological skills for the analysis of the labour market and organizational contexts in order to lay the foundations for project management. The course will therefore focus on how to analyse the main phenomena that are the subject of human resources organization. Phenomena with specific characteristics that need to be analysed with appropriate tools and logics.
After an initial presentation of the main analytical paradigms of social sciences, the lectures will focus on how a research project is defined and the main techniques for collecting and processing detected information. For this purpose, the main phases of research design (both quantitative and qualitative), how research objectives are empirically operated, the main techniques (questions, data collection, data collection) will be presented. in-depth interviews, etc.) and data analysis.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students should be learned the main methods and epistemologies for the analysis of the organizational contexts and relationships that take place within them. Moreover, they should be able to describe the characteristics of a research project on social issues and to understand how to apply the various methodological approaches in the future work contexts where students will be located.
Single course

This course can be attended as a single course.

Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Third trimester
Course syllabus
1. Birth and development of the social sciences; 2. Reference paradigms; 3. Quantitative and qualitative research; 4. Research objectives and hypotheses; 5. The process of empirical translation of research objectives; 6. Quantitative techniques.
1. Setting up qualitative research; 2. The role of the researcher; 3. Quality techniques; 4. Analysis elements of the data collected in the research (both quantitative and qualitative).
Prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons, class exercice, home exercice, presentations
Teaching Resources
Corbetta P. (2003), La ricerca sociale. Metodologia e Tecniche. Vol I. I paradigmi di riferimento, Bologna, Il Mulino: Il volume intero.
Corbetta P. (2003), La ricerca sociale. Metodologia e Tecniche. Vol II. Le tecniche quantitative, Bologna, Il Mulino: Cap I; Cap II (solo paragrafi: 1, 2, 3.1), Cap III, Cap IV, Cap V.

Corbetta P. (2003), La ricerca sociale. Metodologia e Tecniche. Vol III. Le tecniche qualitative, Bologna, Il Mulino: Il volume intero.
Corbetta P., Gasperoni G., Pisati M. (2001), Statistica per la ricerca sociale, Bologna, Il Mulino: capitoli dal II al IX
Assessment methods and Criteria
For attending students the assessment is based on team work, attendance at the laboratory and a final test. The final test is worth 50% of the rating, and to be sufficient it is needed to answer all 4 open questions correctly.
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Colombo Sabrina
Monday 3-5,30 pm (on-line and by appointment). Monday 17th July last. Monday 11th September first.