The students will be provided with the conceptual and empirical tools to understand and inquire further into today's fundamental processes relating to public opinion in a number of social and political domains
Risultati apprendimento attesi
At 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.
Periodo: Secondo trimestre
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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
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).
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. 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.