The Course has a "seminar" style. Students are expected to play an active role in class and they are supposed to carefully read and study all assignments for class. Each week will be organized as follows: on
Tuesday and Wednesday the main theoretical and empirical contribution for that week will be presented in class. On Thursday we will gather and analyze survey data and we will discuss them together. To get a passing
grade for the course students must meet basic requirements in each of the four course components:
1) Class participation. Class will follow the schedule outlined below.
During the class I will present the class material for each week.
2) A Laboratory experience at LAPS (Laboratorio Analisi Politiche e Sociali). To give you a touch of what really means to carry out survey research, you will spend a few hours of your time to actually interview people, for one of the survey fieldwork LAPS is implementing in this period.
3) To present a research. Each of you will be presenting a research article, to open up class discussion. You will prepare a short summary of the assigned reading (2-4 pages), with a synthesis of the main arguments, the empirical evidence marshaled in the paper, the methods adopted and the results presented.
4) A Short Survey Report. You will study public attitudes on a specific topic to pick up among the followings: attitudes toward globalization, immigration, foreign policy and the use of military force in Kosovo (1999), Afghanistan (2001-2013) and Iraq (2003-2012). Depending on your skills,
the analysis will be based on an analysis of available secondary survey data (following the template of Poll Trends in Public Opinion Quarterly), or the statistical analysis of a research hypothesis. Your analysis will be concluded in a short research report (10-15 pages) tables included. This short report must be turned in before exams (also via email).