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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

No poverty Good health and well-being Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course the student is capable to know and apply the basic tools of quantitative analysis in the field of sociology and social service. Specifically, the student is able to: - gather information and data from statistical sources, use the basic tools of quantitative statistical analysis and read and verify the results in social research.

Course contents

- The evolution of scientific thought in Social Statistics: quantitative vs qualitative research

- The Sources of Social Statistics -

- Quantitative surveys: hypothesis, statistical units , variables, and measurement scales.

- Social indicators and Indexes: how to measure and evaluate wellbeing, development and poverty

- Demographic component and development

- Gender role and gender gap in development indicators

- Susteneability indicators and the Marthusian trap

- Some notes of survey sampling and sample design - Research on rare and elusive populations, the case of migration

- Laboratory


Corbetta P. (2015). La ricerca sociale: metodologia e tecniche I. I paradigmi di riferimento. Bologna: Il Mulino

Corbetta P. (2015). La ricerca sociale: metodologia e tecniche II. Le tecniche quantitative. Bologna: Il Mulino

Corbetta P. (2015). La ricerca sociale: metodologia e tecniche IV. L'analisi dei dati. Bologna: Il Mulino (chap. 1 only)

- Lecture notes, selected papers, and others will be available on the IOL Platform

Teaching methods

Lectures, multimedia tools, structured discussions

Assessment methods

The learning assessment will be based on a written text lasting about two hours. The test will consist of some questions on the different topics of the course in the form of open questions and exercises

Teaching tools

Online materials (slides, papers, exercises).

Internet, video


Office hours

See the website of Rosella Rettaroli