Introduction to social science research and qualitative methods

A.Y. 2020/2021
Course offered to students on the PhD programme in
Overall hours
Lesson period
November 2020
Lead instructor: Luigi Cominelli
The course has as objectives: stimulate awareness of the methodological problems and obstacles that scientific researc in general and social research in particular must face in the investigation of phenomena; provide a complete overview on the main research methods of social sciences; stimulate a multidisciplinary approch to the analysis and prediction of social phenomena; provide insight into the main qualitative research methods (ethnographi, interview, observation); provide insight into some of the methods that best lend themselves to interdisciplinari research (psychological experiments, agent based modelling)
Assessment methods
Giudizio di approvazione
Assessment result
superato/non superato
How to enrol


The course enrolment deadline is usually the 25th day of the month prior to the start date.

  • As an exception, for courses starting in October 2021, until 29 October 2021.

Subsequent course enrolment deadlines are as follows:

  • 25 October 2021 for courses starting in November 2021
  • 25 November 2021 for courses starting in December 2021.

Deadlines for enrolment in other courses will be announced as soon as possible.

How to enrol

  1. Access enrolment on PhD courses online service using your University login details
  2. Select the desired programme and click on Registration (Iscrizione) and then on Register (Iscriviti)

Ignore the option "Exam session date” that appears during the enrolment procedure.


For help please contact

Office hours: Tuesday 10.30-1 pm (online on MS Teams, Team code 7kv5eto)
Dept. Cesare Beccaria - Philosophy and Sociology of Law
every Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm: contact for an online colloquium, via Microsoft Teams
online, on Microsoft Teams
thursday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. via Skype or Teams