Public opinion, legitimacy and power in the digital era

A.A. 2019/2020
9
Crediti massimi
60
Ore totali
SSD
SPS/11
Lingua
Inglese
Obiettivi formativi
This course aims to provide students both with the conceptual tools and the methodological skills required for conducting research in the field of public opinion. The logic of theoretically-guided empirical research in social sciences will be exemplified through the analysis of specific public opinion issues. Each student attending classes is encouraged to conduct a single case study or a comparative analysis based on WVS (World Values Survey) or ESS (European Social Survey) datasets.
Risultati apprendimento attesi
By the end of the course, students will have comprehensive sociological knowledge of theoretical mechanisms driving public opinion processes, such as the rise of populist-authoritarian forces and the spread of digital movements of opinion. Besides, they will master the essential logic and practice of empirical public opinion research through the intensive use of international survey-based datasets.
Programma e organizzazione didattica

Edizione unica

Responsabile
Periodo
Secondo trimestre
Programma
Understanding the rise of populist forces
The cultural backlash theory
Authoritarian and populist values
Voting for authoritarian-populist parties
Case studies: Trump's America and Brexit
Eroding the Civic Culture
Prerequisiti
Students are expected to have a basic preliminary knowledge of (1) the logic of social research (e.g. the difference between quantitative and qualitative research methods) and (2) contemporary history of politics (i.e. the main international political actors and regimes since the 20th century).
Metodi didattici
The instructor will use a) lectures; b) group work and exercises (using software for survey data analysis and tools for digital data analysis): c) discussion of the case studies carried out and presented by students in the class.
Materiale di riferimento
Norris, Pippa, and Ronald Inglehart. Cultural backlash: Trump, Brexit, and authoritarian populism. Cambridge University Press, 2019
Modalità di verifica dell’apprendimento e criteri di valutazione
The exam is written. It requires extensive answers (half to one-page each) to 3 open-ended questions relating to the main text ("Cultural Backlash"). The time available will be 60 minutes.
Attending students will be offered the opportunity to replace part of the book with material (slides and notes) concerning the "thematic focuses" carried out during the course.
The exam is written. It requires extensive answers (half to one-page each) to 3 open-ended questions relating to the main text ("Cultural Backlash"). The time available will be 60 minutes.
Attending students will be offered the opportunity to replace part of the book with material (slides and notes) concerning the "thematic focuses" carried out during the course.
Attending students will also be encouraged to present a (PowerPoint) research paper based either on an international survey dataset or on digital data retrieved from social media platforms. These presentations will result in extra points to be added to the final grade.
SPS/11 - SOCIOLOGIA DEI FENOMENI POLITICI - CFU: 9
Lezioni: 60 ore
Docente: Barisione Mauro
Siti didattici
Docente/i
Ricevimento:
Giovedì e venerdì 11-12.30
stanza 301