08829 - Social Research Methodology

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course objective is to provide students with the methodological and technical tools to read and understand data from quantitative social research and apply it critically. Above all the course will cover the topics students find hardest (to begin with, sampling techniques and statistical techniques for data analysis), and leave the more accessible aspects to individual study (eg. data gathering techniques and formulation of survey forms).

Course contents

Principles of Social Research. Survey Research Methods. Population, Units and Characters. Statistical Distributions. Mean Values. Variability Measures. Statistical Relationships. Statistical Inference.


1. Bailey K.D, Metodi della ricerca sociale. Vol. IV - L'analisi e l'interpretazione dei dati, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2006. (only chapters 1 and 3).
2. Corbetta. P, La ricerca sociale: metodologia e tecniche. Vol. II - Le tecniche quantitative, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2003 (chapter IV excluded).
3. Corbetta. P, La ricerca sociale: metodologia e tecniche. Vol. IV - L'analisi dei dati, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2003.

Teaching methods

Direct lessons and individual exercises. Exercises aim to allow students to tackle with the statistical analysis of quantitative data.

Lessons calendar:
Aula Informatica I (Via Filippo Re 6)

Assessment methods

Attending students: assessment and discussion of individual tests produced during and at the end of the course and written exam (5 closed and 3 open questions - time allowed: 60 minutes).

Non-attending students : a written exam consisting of 10 closed and 7 open questions. Time allowed: 90 minutes.
List of questions (open and closed) from which test questions will be selected, here:
Test structure, here:
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Exam calendar from october to september, here:

Teaching tools

Videoprojector, PC.
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Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Maurizio Rossi