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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course deals with basic topics concerning the methodology of socio-political empirical research.

Students will acquire knowledge and skills useful for the comprehension of the main data collection designs, the critical evaluation of data displayed in socio-political empirical research, as well as the skills needed for producing basic (univariate) statistical analyses.

Course contents

  1. Paradigms
  2. Monovariate analysis
  3. Frequency distribution
  4. Bivariate Analysis
  5. Regression
  6. Concepts
  7. Operationalization
  8. Survey
  9. Questionnaire
  10. Sampling
  11. Experiment
  12. Scales
  13. Official statistical sources
  14. Participant observation
  15. Qualitative interview
  16. Documents


Corbetta P., Metodologia e tecniche della ricerca sociale, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2014.

Additional readings made available by the teacher.

Teaching methods

Face-to-face lessons in the first half of the course.

Interactive classes with the support of students' presentations in the second half.

Assessment methods

The exam is administered exclusively in written form (test with short open-ended questions and small excercises on data) and includes 6 questions. Time available to answer is 60 minutes. Students with the in-class presentation can skip a question of their choosing and use the presentation grade to grade that exam question.

Teaching tools

Videoprojector, PC

e.learning + MS Teams


Office hours

See the website of Aldo Paparo