Laboratory in Urban Studies


By the end of UC, students must have acquired:
C1. In-depth understanding of the relationship between theory and methodology in urban studies;
C2. Knowledge about different modes of data collection, their treatment and analysis, their principles and their effects on research.
C3. Familiarization with techniques of analysis, interpretation and presentation of empirical results.
C4. Ability to articulate concepts and observations, through an object of investigation, a problem and research methods and techniques;
C5. Epistemological surveillance skills and reflexivity on empirical research in urban studies.
C6: Ability to reasonably design, present and discuss your dissertation project, internship or project work.

General characterization





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Total - 336

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Abrahamson, Mark (2017) Studying Cities and City Life: na introduction to methods of research. London: Routledge.
Babbie, E.(1989),The Practice of Social Research, California Wadsworth Publishing
Bryman, A. (2012)Social Research Methods, OUP;
Creswell, J. W. (2003) Research design: qualitative, quantitative,and mixed methods approaches, Sage;
Della Porta, Donatella e M. Keating (eds.) (2008) Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences. A Pluralist Perspective, Cambridge University Press;
Harding, A. & T. Blokland (2014) Urban theory: a cirtical introduction to power cities and urbanism in the 21st century: Sage.
King,G., Keohane, R., Verba, S. (1994) Designing Social Inquiry, Princeton University Press;
Ocejo, Richard (ed.) (2013) Ethnography and the City: readings on doing urban fieldwork, Routldge.
Quivy, R.,L. Champenhoud,(2003), Manual de Investigação em Ciências Sociais, Gradiva.

Teaching method

The teaching-learning process articulates theoretical-practical sessions of knowledge transmission, presentation of concrete research experiences, seminars of presentationand discussion of projects by students, tutorials and autonomous work of students.

Evaluation method

- Elaboration of the student’s research and / or interventionproject - final written work (individual and discussed with Msc Urban Studies lecturers(70%), - Synthetic presentation of the student’s project(30%)

Subject matter

A. How to conceive a research project
1. Research as a knowledge producing activity: conditions, procedures. Different types of research
2. Problem formulation and goal setting. The research question
3. Conceptualization. From the exploratory phase to the analysis model
4. Operationalization and observation. Methodological strategies and research objectives: Extensive and intensive research. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies
B. Research problems & practices in urban studies
1. Theory and methodology in urban studies. Disciplines and problems, perspectives and concepts
2. Fieldwork in Urban Studies. Direct observation, participant observation and the interview situation. Cartography and statistics. Historical and documentary sources.
3. Participatory and Collaborative Research. Theoretical-epistemological discussion. Case Studies and Applications
4. Methods of visual analysis
5. Research ethics in different types of research
C. Project Writing


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