BASIC CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES OF SOCIAL RESEARCH. APPLICATION OF THE MAIN TECHNIQUES OF SOCIAL RESEARCH

BASIC CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES OF SOCIAL RESEARCH. APPLICATION OF THE MAIN TECHNIQUES OF SOCIAL RESEARCH

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Code
65026
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 8710 Social Work (L-39) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
SPS/07
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Social Work)
semester
1° Semester
sectioning
This unit is divided into 2 sections: A, B. This page refers to the section
modules
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

To describe the main types of social research, its phases and most widely used tools, permitting students to be involved in field research, to build tools (questionnaires, individual and group face to face interviews), to perform elementary data analysis

 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Research strategies and different approaches. Research design and fundamentals of social research. Operative definitions of concepts, typesof variables and their relationships. Scaling techniques. Analysis methods, with regards to their specific use in social sciences. Data analysis. Sampling procedures, surveys and questionnaires. Individual and group interview techniques. Etnographic approach.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to present the fundamental concepts and logic that characterize social research, with particular reference to the design and implementation of a survey path, the nature of the data, its construction, elaboration and interpretation. The course is aimed at providing students with basic literacy on the logic of the research, in its various phases and in relation to the main methods of detection and analysis of the data used. Quantitative and qualitative methods and techniques, individually and in a comparative perspective, as well as their use in the conduct of sample inquiries are examined. Particular attention is devoted to the construction and use of the questionnaire as a tool for data capture, attitudinal detection techniques and the use of statistical sampling in social research. Part of the course is devoted to the illustration and acquisition of the basic methodological and basic knowledge necessary to analyse and interpret the collected data through quantitative detection techniques, with particular reference to statistical processing and data representation. At the same time, the course aims to prepare students for the realization, delivery and analysis of qualitative instruments of social research, both through different interview techniques and ethno-methodological techniques

Teaching methods

Front lectures in attendance, with possibility of participation in thematic seminars on the topics discussed, aulaweb.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Specific materials in English for foreign students will be provided by the professor. Foreign students must contact the professor at the beginning of the course.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: From Monday to Thursday 12: 00-14: 00 by previous appointment through e-mail to Stefano.poli@unige.it ​

Exam Board

LUISA STAGI (President)

STEFANO POLI (President)

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Front lectures in attendance, with possibility of participation in thematic seminars on the topics discussed, aulaweb.

LESSONS START

I semestre dal 17 settembre al 7 dicembre 2018
II semestre dal 25 febbraio al 17 maggio 2019

EXAMS

Exam description

Written and oral. Students who intend to take the exam must sign up for “scritto e orale” (“written and oral”) in the appeals indicated in the exam session. Preliminary signing up to examination is compulsory.

Assessment methods

The exam will be realized in written mode (5 open questions, 4 in the manual and 1 in the reading book), with possible oral integration if requested by the professor or the student for further assessment of the preparation.

All students are invited to periodically consult the page of this course on the AulaWeb e-learning portal (accessible from the University site or at: http://www.aulaweb.unige.it/). All information and materials related to this course are provided exclusively on that site.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
06/09/2019 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale