Research methods

A.A. 2016/2017
9
Crediti massimi
60
Ore totali
Lingua
Inglese
Programma e organizzazione didattica

Edizione unica

Responsabile
Periodo
Terzo trimestre
STUDENTI FREQUENTANTI
Informazioni sul programma
The course presents and discusses the principal choices which have to be taken in developing an empirical research project in the field of social and political sciences: types of explanation, identification of research questions driven by reference theories, definition of research hypotheses, design of the different phases of field activities, from concept clarification to the identification of proper units of analysis. Both qualitative and quantitative techniques are taken into account. The principal criteria to choose between the two approaches are discussed, according to the research questions and the assessment of their pros and cons. The principal procedures for measuring reliability and validity of results are presented.
The second part of the course is devoted to relational approaches, with the presentation of the different phases of a research design applied to the study of social capital and using network analysis techniques.
Propedeuticità
Students should be familiar with the basic notions of survey methods at the level of introductory books like, for instance: P. Corbetta Social Research, Sage, 2003.
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Oral exam
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
Preliminary book, whose content students should be familiar with: Corbetta P. Social Research, Sage, 2003.
For the preparation of the exam the following texts are useful:
Elster J. Explaining Social Behavior, More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences, Cambridge Univ. Press 2007
Scott J. Social Network Analysis, Sage, last edition.
Chiesi A. M. "Interpersonal Networking and Business Resilience", European Sociological Review, August 2014
STUDENTI NON FREQUENTANTI
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
Preliminary book, whose content students should be familiar with: Corbetta P. Social Research, Sage, 2003.
For the preparation of the exam the following texts are useful:
Elster J. Explaining Social Behavior, More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences, Cambridge Univ. Press 2007
Scott J. Social Network Analysis, Sage, last edition.
Chiesi A. M. "Interpersonal Networking and Business Resilience", European Sociological Review, August 2014
Docente/i
Ricevimento:
Ricevimento tutti i lunedì dalle 16:30 alle 19:00
Dipartimento Studi sociali e politici