Analysis of Social and Economic Processes - Teaching activity

Courses offered – a.y. 2020/2021

Theorizing in Social Science
Teacher Coordinator: Gianmarco Navarini (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca)
  Instructors: Carmen Leccardi (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca), Gianmarco Navarini (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca), Serafino Negrelli (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca), Sonia Stefanizzi (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca), Giuseppe Vittucci Mazzetti (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca)
Language English
CFU 2.5
Hours 20
Program The aim of the course is to teach students how to theorize in social science. Attention, thus, is focused not so much on social theories per se, but rather on theorizing as a practical skill, to be learned by discussing, first of all, the role played by theory in the making of social science. In this vein, the course illustrates how to build theories and theoretical concepts, the link between key concepts and empirical research, the application and development of concepts in the analysis of social phenomena, and the two-way interaction between theory building and empirical research.
Evaluation YES
Calendar November-December 2020
Social Research Design
Teacher Coordinator: Maurizio Pisati (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca)
  Instructors: Maurizio Pisati (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca)
Language English
CFU 2
Hours 16
Program The course provides a general introduction to the design of empirical social science research. Following a summary of the basic features of the scientific method, the course addresses the different phases of the social research process. We begin by discussing how to choose, state, and justify the research problem, from which specific research questions are subsequently derived. Second, we consider the definition of the conceptual framework for the research, focusing on the notions of theory, model, entities and their properties. Concurrently, we present strategies for evaluating, organizing, and synthesizing the literature related to the research problem. Finally, attention is devoted to data collection and analysis procedures, discussing both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Upon course completion, students should be able to design their own empirical research, and to write the corresponding research proposal.
Evaluation YES
Calendar January-February 2021
Writing for Social Scientists
Teacher Coordinator: Sonia Stefanizzi (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca)
  Instructors: Giovanna Fullin (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca), Gianmarco Navarini (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca), Paolo Rossi (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca), Sonia Stefanizzi (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca)
Language English
CFU 1.5
Hours 12
Program The purpose of this course is to instruct students on how to turn their research ideas into high quality research products, including dissertation prospectuses, conference presentations, and journal articles. The course discusses best practices for framing research questions, problem statements, and research results to specific types of audience; preparing good abstracts for conference papers; writing the dissertation prospectus; dealing with the double-blind review process of academic journals; and making effective presentations to fellow professionals at conferences. At the end of the course, students should be able to present their research questions and results, in writing and orally, to a scholarly audience; condense their ideas into short, meaningful descriptions; develop a focused project; develop confidence and skill as a presenter. The course will also facilitate thinking that is logical, reading that is critical, and writing that is clear, simple and engaging.
Evaluation YES
Calendar February 2021
Quantitative Social Research Methods
Teacher Coordinator: Mario Lucchini (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca)
  Instructors: Mario Lucchini (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca), Emanuela Sala (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca), Giuseppe Vittucci Mazzetti (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca)
Language English
CFU 4
Hours 32
Program

The course provides an overview of the methods of quantitative data collection and analysis most commonly used in social science research. The course is divided into three modules. The first module consists of three 3-hour lectures and discusses selected topics in survey methodol-ogy. The second module consists of seven 2-hour lectures and provides a comprehensive introduction to basic econometrics, touching on the fol-lowing topics: simple and multiple linear regression, limited dependent variable regression, instrumental variable regression, statistical infer-ence. Finally, the third module consists of three 3-hour lectures and illus-trates the theory and application of multilevel regression for both com-parative and longitudinal data analysis. Upon course completion, stu-dents should be able to collect and analyze most quantitative data of in-terest.

Evaluation YES
Calendar March-April 2021
Qualitative Social Research Methods
Teacher Coordinator: Ilenya Camozzi (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca)
  Instructors: Ilenya Camozzi (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca), Carmen Leccardi (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca), Marcello Maneri (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca), Gianmarco Navarini (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca), Paolo Rossi (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca)
Language English
CFU 4
Hours 32
Program The course provides an overview of the methods of qualitative data collection and analysis most commonly used in social science re-search. The first part of the course focuses on the most popular qual-itative technique for gathering data: the interview. Subsequently, the course illustrates the ethnographic approach. Text analysis is then discussed by both illustrating traditional approaches and using packages for computer-assisted qualitative research (NVivo, AT-LAS.ti, and MAXQDA). The course concludes with a students' in-class presentation, in which they will discuss a comprehensive report of the research activities carried out during the course according to in-structors' assignments. Upon course completion, students should be able to collect and analyze most qualitative data of interest.
Evaluation YES
Calendar March-April 2021
Current Debates in Social Science
Teacher Coordinator: Giovanna Fullin (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca)
  Instructors: TBA
Language English
CFU 3
Hours 24
Program The course provides a general overview of some of the most relevant current debates in social science. Every lecture is focused on a different topic and aims at highlighting the main questions scholars are dealing with, explaining the main approaches and theories involved, and presenting some recent research. In some cases, the lecture is organized as a debate between two or more scholars presenting different and/or opposite perspectives on the same phenomenon. 
Evaluation YES
Calendar November 2020 - April 2021
ASEP Colloquium Series
Teacher Coordinators: Ilenya Camozzi (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca), Alessandra Decataldo (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca)
  Speakers: TBA
Language English
CFU 1
Hours 12
Program The ASEP Colloquium Series is a monthly seminar, held during the coursework period, in which distinguished scholars and professional experts present and discuss their work in progress, latest research findings, or professional experiences. 
Evaluation YES
Calendar December 2020 - May 2021
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