Issues of research methodology in humanities and social sciences

A.Y. 2020/2021
Course offered to students on the PhD programme in
Overall hours
Lesson period
January 2021
Lead instructor: Giampietro Gobo
The course aims to:
· offer an overview about the main social research methods
· present the key methodological problems in conducting an empirical research
· outline a research design and its steps
· critically discuss advantages and disadvantages of each research methods
The course will outline the different ways to conduct an empirical research in humanities and social sciences. General topics: types of research methods, research designs, research questions, sampling strategies, collecting and analyzing data, generalizing findings, writing reports. Specific methods: survey, discursive interview, focus group, ethnography.
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. More specifically:

  • 25 November 2021 for courses starting in December 2021
  • 27 December 2021 for courses starting in January 2022
  • 25 January 2022 for courses starting in February 2022.

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.


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