Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 5
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Terenzio Fava Tuesday 15-17
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Sociology and Social Services (L-39 / L-40)
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Learning Objectives

The course aims at providing the students with the fundamentals, theoretical and empirical, of the qualitative social research, which doesn’t require statistics, but needs massively training, creativity, and intuitiveness, during the explorative steps and while assessing and test theoretical hypotheses. Qualitative methodology needs to select the strategies that fit the research’s purposes, and it focuses on observation the construction of social reality and of the cultural meanings of social phenomena, as well on interactive processes, testing the authenticity of the key factors, in search for the values present and explicit. Qualitative researches tend to merge theory and data analysis, and to prefer few cases or even individual subjects, in order to understand the situational constraints and social influences of the individuals. This approach leads to thematic analysis, while the researcher becomes deeply involved into the qualitative social research.


Course has four stages, focused over the following subjects:

-  Concepts, theories and the structuring of a qualitative social research;

-  Qualitative social research techniques;

-  Presenting qualitative social researches;

-  Designing a qualitative social study.

Lectures will develop the following subjects in depth:

-  Qualitative social research’ fundamentals;

-  The history of qualitative research: from the School of Chicago to nowadays;

-  Qualitative techniques: participant observation, interviews, focus group and documents analysis;

-  Ethnography research;

-  How to design a qualitative research plan;

-  How to draw an interview outline;

-  How to undertake an interview;

-  How to analyze data;

-  Compiling a working paper

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

applying knowledge and understanding

Students will have fully mastery on the fundamentals of qualitative social research, and be able to adopt the right theoretical perspective and to easily manage theories and hypotheses to control empirically, and to translate concepts into the research’s core issues.

Students will learn how to design a qualitative study, select and use the right techniques, and analyze and interpret data simultaneously;

making judgements

Students will have a greater ability on interpreting the right combination between theory and research, by mean of individual’s skills;

communication skills

-  Discussions over the designing of a qualitative social research project will improve the student’s communication skills as well as the use of the qualitative research language;

-  Students will be asked to design a qualitative social research that will give them mastery on discussing and presenting the research’s outcomes;

learning skills

-  By the end of the course students will own strong expertise on learning activities from social research designing and empirical work they are asked to undertake during the course.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Empirical work.

Undertaking interview.

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Lectures with the support of multimedia


Participation at least to 3/4 of lectures and the study of text books

Empirical work.

Undertaking interview.

Course books

- Cardano M. (2011), La ricerca qualitativa, Il Mulino, Bologna

A selection of chapters to study will be provided by the lecturer at the beginning of the course.

- Fava T., Da Veltroni a Italia viva. Un analisi a partire dal territorio, in «Meridiana», n. 98, 2020.


Assessment of this course is by means of three different tests:

-  Designing and presenting the student’s qualitative study;

-  A written examination on the topics developed during the course;

-  An oral exam on the topics developed during the course.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Study of the text books


Participation to less than 3/4 of lectures

Course books

- Cardano M. (2011), La ricerca qualitativa, Il Mulino, Bologna.

- Fava T., Da Veltroni a Italia viva. Un analisi a partire dal territorio, in «Meridiana», n. 98, 2020.


Oral exam

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