Research Design

A.Y. 2019/2020
Lesson for
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/07
Language
English

Course structure and Syllabus

Active edition
Yes
Responsible
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
ATTENDING STUDENTS
Syllabus
Content of modules 1 and 2:
Scientific propositions and everyday sentences
Theories and hypotheses: how to control propositions
Different types of explanations in the social sciences
From concepts to variables
Quantitative and qualitative approaches
The research design and its steps
Data organization and processing
What kind of data are good for testing hypotheses
Reliability and validity of research results

Content of module 3:
Individual and relational approaches
The theoretical origins of the relational approach
Basic concepts: actor/subject, relation, tie, group, structure
Relational data collection
Graphical techniques in network analysis (sociograms)
Matrix analysis of networks and main structural concepts and statistics
Groups detection and sub-group analysis
Data reduction methods
Role theory and structural equivalence
NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS
Syllabus
Students who don't attend the lessons will prepare the oral exam studying the following volumes:
J. Elster
Lesson period
Third trimester
Lesson period
Third trimester
Assessment methods
Esame
Assessment result
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Professor(s)
Reception:
From October the 7th: Monday 16:00 to 18:00
Department room n. 305