Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Advanced Research

Course unit code: 570207

Academic year: 2020-2021

Coordinator: Marta Soler Gallart

Department: Department of Sociology

Credits: 5

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 125


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component

Face-to-face and online




-  Document study

Face-to-face and online




-  Student presentation and discussion

Face-to-face and online



Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study


Basic competences

— Capacity to apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.

— Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgements.

— Skills to enable lifelong self-directed and independent learning.


General competences

— Capacity for leadership, organizational creativity, teamwork and adaptation to environments of social transformation.


Specific competences

— Capacity to design an advanced sociological research project and to propose original and relevant research questions to analyse social structures and the main social problems that affect them.

— Capacity to apply relevant theoretical knowledge to the development of research projects in the different fields of sociological analysis.

— Capacity to apply theoretical and methodological knowledge to the resolution of social problems and challenges, to respond to them through initiatives for social innovation.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Become familiar with the research conducted under the main research framework programmes at an international level.

— Get started in international advanced research in sociology.


Referring to abilities, skills

— Be able to design and produce advanced research output.



Teaching blocks


1. Scientific research in sociology according to international standards; Design, contributions and assessment criteria

2. European research; Open science; Citizen science; Paradigm shift in how science engages with society

3. Collaborative research; The consortium

4. Excellence; Objectives; The importance of the relation to the workprogramme; Concept and methodology; Ambition

5. Impact; Scientific, political and social impacts of science

6. Quality and efficiency of the implementation

7. Management structure, milestones and procedures

8. Ethical principles in research and data management

9. Addressing the gender perspective



Teaching methods and general organization


This course has a practical dimension, oriented to provide students with the necessary strategies, criteria and tools to be able to get started in conducting international advanced research in the field of sociology. The course focuses on the different steps in the preparation of a research project proposal providing guidelines, resources and relevant background information to guide the elaboration of this proposal according to the standards of the European Framework Programme of Research. The course also promotes dialogue among peers and team work, in the same way it is done in the area of scientific research.

The main output of the course is developed as a collaborative effort, and consists of the elaboration of a research project proposal for the Framework Programme for Research of the European Commission, following all the requirements and quality standards as defined by the European Commission’s guidelines.

Classes take place in the computer room to be able to access the necessary digital resources for and works on each of the activities during the sessions. This work will be done in teams and using a collaborative virtual workspace (such as Google-documents). Drafts of each part of the project will be presented in class and uploaded to the Virtual Campus in order to open up to professors and classmates’ feedback. This system is known internationally as “open peer review” and it is already being applied in scientific initiatives such as Faculty 1000, among others.

During this academic year, feedback will be provided both in class and through the virtual forum. Drafts should be modified according to the feedback received in order to progressively improve the final output.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


Assessment is carried out through the “open peer review” system. The different activities and their modifications are assessed according to the standards set in class as well as the feedback received. The final project proposal and its evolution throughout this open peer review system account for 80% of the final grade. Participation in the open peer review process and contributing comments to classmates through the Virtual Campus and in class will also be valued (20%).

In this assessment procedure, attendance to at least 80% of the sessions will be required.


Examination-based assessment

Students can opt out of continuous assessment, provided that they submit a request to this effect by 1 November 2020.

Single assessment consists of an individual project proposal and an oral interview on the process followed.



Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


European Commission. Horizon 2020. The framework programme of research and innovation. Brussels, 30.11.2011 COM(2011) 808 final

European Commission. Horizon 2020 interim evaluation: maximising the impact of EU research and innovation. Brussels, 11.1.2018 COM(2018) 2 final

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European Commission. H2020 Workprogramme 2016-17. Europe in a changing world- Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.

European Commission. H2020 Workprogramme. 2018-20. Science with and for society.

European Commission. Scientific evidence for policy-making. DG Research, Socio-economic science and humanities. 2008. EUR22982_EN


Dance, A. (2013). Impact: Pack a punch. Nature, 502, 397-398.

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Flecha, R.; Soler, M.; Sordé, T. (2015). Social impact: Europe must fund social sciences. Nature, 528, 193.

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Reale, E, Avramov, D, Canhial, K, Donovan, C, Flecha, R, Holm, P, Larkin, C, Lepori, B, Mosoni-Fried, J, Oliver, E, Primeri, E, Puigvert, L, Scharnhorst, A, Schubert, A, Soler, M, Soòs, S, Sordé, T, Travis, C, Van Horik, R. (2017). A review of the literature on evaluating the scientific, social and political impact of social sciences and humanities. Research Evaluation, DOI: 10.1093/reseval/rvx025

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Wodak SJ, Mietchen D, Collings AM, Russell RB, Bourne PE (2012) Topic Pages: PLoS Computational Biology Meets Wikipedia. PLoS Computational Biology 8(3): e1002446.

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Chapman, A.; Wyndham, J. (2013). A human right to science. Science, 340(6138), 1291.

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Pulido, C.; Redondo-Sama, G.; Sorde-Martí, T.; Flecha, R. (2018). Social impact in social media: A new method to evaluate the social impact of research. PLoS ONE 13(8): e0203117. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0203117

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Electronic text

Besselar, P.; Flecha, R.; Radauer, A. (2018). Monitoring the impact of EU Framework Programmes. Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission.

Recurs electrōnic extern  Enllaç

EOSC Declaration. European Open Science Cloud. New research and innovation opportunities. Brussels, 26 October 2017.