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METHODOLOGY AND TECHNIQUES OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
METODOLOGIA E TECNICHE DELLA RICERCA SOCIALE

A.Y. Credits
2017/2018 10
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Sabrina Moretti Tuesday and Wednesday 11-13
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Communication Sciences (L-20)
Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

The course aims to provide the basic tools for the correct setting procedures of empirical research, and to analyze the main problems that accompany social surveys. The course also aims to develop critical skills that allow students to choose and evaluate the empirical data useful for designing and planning social interventions.

Program

1. Introduction to the empirical research foundations

2. Quantitative research

  2.1 Hypotheses and empirical translation

  2.2. Quantitative research: scales and measures

  2.3. The questionnaire.

  2.4 The experiment

  2.5 The Analysis of secondary data

  2.6. Statistical analysis of data

3. Qualitative research

  3.1 The observation

  3.2 The qualitative interview

  3.3 The focus group

  3.4. Categorization processes in qualitative research

Bridging Courses

Students should have a basic knowledge of statistics 

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

1.Understanding of the main issues and problems relating to research methodology in social studies. Knowledge of the main tools to do scientific research in social sciences.

Students will attain this knowledge by participating in lectures and studying the scientific texts proposed by the teacher and discussed in the classroom.

2. Applying knowledge and understanding: students should consolidate skills and ability to define simple research projects and to deal with some typical problems.

Students will attain this knowledge by classroom discussions, tutorials, study of texts.

3. Capacity of judgment: students should achieve criticism about the methods used in the most common empirical investigations.

4. Communication skills: discussion coordinated by the teacher on the course topics.

Students will attain this knowledge by developping opportunities for dialogue in the classroom.

5. Learning skills: development of critical skills, logic and problem analysis.

Students will attain this knowledge by classroom discussions, tutorials, study of texts

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Practices coordinated by professor and research fellows.


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Lectures and practical applications on empirical research.

Attendance

Participation in at least three quarters of the lessons and practices.

Course books

1.     Bryman, A. Social Research Methods, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Assessment

The exam will be held through an individual interview based on textbooks suggested. The aim is to evaluate both student's comprehension of the content and his ability in reworking concepts and in argumenting.

It is possibile to present a written document on a topic agreed with the teacher. 

Excellent grades will be given in presence of: a good critical perspective and in depth study; knowing how to link among them the main subjects addressed during the course; the use of an appropriate language.

Good grades will be given in presence of:  good mnemonic knowledge of the contents; a relatively good critical perspective and connection skills related to the treated topics; the use of appropriate language.

Sufficient grades will be given in presence of: the achievement of a minimal knowledge on the treated themes, even in presence of some gaps; the use of a not appropriate language.

Negative grades will be given in presence of: a difficult orientation related to the the treated topics; knowledge gaps; the use of a not appropriate language.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Study of texts

Attendance

Study of texts

Course books

1.  Bryman, A. Social Research Methods, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Assessment

The exam will be held through an individual interview based on textbooks suggested. The aim is to evaluate both student's comprehension of the content and his ability in reworking concepts and in argumenting.

Excellent grades will be given in presence of: a good critical perspective and in depth study; knowing how to link among them the main subjects addressed during the course; the use of an appropriate language.

Good grades will be given in presence of:  good mnemonic knowledge of the contents; a relatively good critical perspective and connection skills related to the treated topics; the use of appropriate language.

Sufficient grades will be given in presence of: the achievement of a minimal knowledge on the treated themes, even in presence of some gaps; the use of a not appropriate language.

Negative grades will be given in presence of: a difficult orientation related to the the treated topics; knowledge gaps; the use of a not appropriate language.

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