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2016-2017: II Semestre: Issues of research methodology in social sciences  

Scuola di Dottorato in Filosofia e Scienze Umane

A.A. 2016-2017

 

COURSE DENOMINATION:
Issues of research methodology in social sciences

(Area: social sciences and anthropology)

 

Coordinator: prof. Marcello Massimini (University of Milan)

Instructor: prof. Giampietro Gobo (University of Milan)

 

To contact the instructor:

Phone: 02-503-12344

E-mail: Giampietro.Gobo@unimi.it

Office hours: see http://ggoboRS.ariel.ctu.unimi.it

Office location: Cortile Ghiacciaia (2nd floor)

 

Course objectives

The course aims to:

  • offer an overview about the main social research methods
  • present the key methodological problems in conducting an empirical research
  • outline a research design and its steps
  • critically discuss advantages and disadvantages of each research methods

 

Course prerequisites (if any): none

 

Lectures

Lecture 1

27/04/2017

10.30-12.30

  • A classification of research methods: overcoming the dichotomy qualitative-quantitative

Lecture 2

27/04/2017

13.30-15.30

·         The language of social research

  • The research design

Lecture 3

28/04/2017

10.30-12.30

  • Survey and discursive interview
  • Ethnography and focus group

Lecture 4

28/04/2017

13.30-15.30

  • Entering the field
  • The role of the researcher
  • Ethics of social research

Lecture 5

28/04/2017

15.30-17.30

  • Sampling: outlines of a ideographic theory of samples
  • Generalizing: a dissent view

 

Course requirements and assessment

 

Main references

 

Required readings:

Silverman David (2013),Doing Qualitative Research. A Practical Handbook, London: Sage FOURTH EDITION.

 

Suggested readings about specific research methods:

Survey:
Gobo G. and Mauceri S. (2014), Constructing Survey Data. An interactional approach, London: Sage.

Focus group:
Claudia Puchta, Jonathan Potter (2004), Focus Group Practice, London: Sage.

Discursive interview:
Brinkmann, Svend and Kvale, Steinar (2015),InterViews. Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing, London: Sage, Third Edition.

Ethnography:
Gobo, G. and Molle, Andrea (2017) Doing Ethnography, London: Sage, second edition.

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