Methodologies for the Social Sciences II: Quantitative (introductive course)

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Compulsory for the 1st year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"

Compulsory for the 1st year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"

Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"


The course consists in an introduction to quantitative data analysis for social and political science research, with a particular focus on linear regression. The course will start from the basics of quantitative analysis: types of variables, data sets, simple descriptive statistics. It will then cover all the main aspects of regression analysis: its assumptions, the estimation technique, its application to concrete research problems, the presentation of results. The course will conclude by giving a basic and preliminary overview of other types of regressions that participants might need to use in their future research (such as regression models for categorical variables). At the end of this course, participants will be able to select the appropriate method for their research question, carry out basic quantitative analysis (including descriptive tables and graphs) as well as linear regressions, and they will be able to meaningfully interpret the results of these methods. The course combines the theoretical study of basic statistical analysis with practical exercise with the statistical programme STATA.

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By the end of this module, students will be able to:

- understand the key issues in quantitative analysis and the underlying logic of regression techniques;

- meaningfully interpret the results of regression models;

- use the statistical software STATA for descriptive and basic inferential analysis

- apply the techniques and methods explored in the module to their own PhD project (if relevant)

Riferimenti bibliografici

Acock, A. C. (2018). A Gentle Introduction to STATA. College Station, Texas: Stata Press

Lewis-Beck, C. and Lewis Beck, M. (2016) Applied Regression: An Introduction.

Specific readings will be provided in class