Quantitative and Qualitative Research in PA
The course is divided into four sections: (1) Introduction to the logic of empirical research (2) Steps for designing and implementing a research study, and collecting data, (3) Methods of quantitative research, (4) Methods of qualitative research.
The aim of this course is to provide students with the scientific knowledge and practical skills for designing and implementing research projects. Students are expected to engage closely with different methodological approaches by reviewing scientific studies but also developing an independent research project.
The course will be primarily structured in a lecture format, familiarizing students with the key literature and methodological approaches. The last session will include presentations by students in which they critically discuss the design of selected studies featuring specific methodological approaches. These presentations will be prepared in pairs. Further, students will also be expected to design an individual research project, which needs to be presented and justified in a written format.
The material and PDF presentation of each class will be updated on iCorsi before the beginning of the class.
Questions and doubts related to the course and classes will be answered either during classes, via email, or through the iCorsi platform.
References with suggestions for readings will be provided prior to the beginning of the course.
The final grade will consist of the evaluation of periodical quizzes on the main features of empirical research (20%), the evaluation of group presentations on selected studies (30%) and the evaluation of students’ individual research projects and their justification (50%).