To seek, analyse and understand the properties of quantitative data associated with the study of social phenomena.
Evaluate socioeconomic achievement studies based on the relationship between theory and methodological developments.
Ability to understand published empirical findings derived from data analysis using advanced techniques.
Ability to write one's own academic texts in English.
1. Awareness about the complexity of policy issues over intergenerational mobility and the ethical dilemmas associated with the debate on inequality and meritocracy.
2. Knowledge on new developments and interdisciplinary debates about the reproduction of inequalities across generations, including the false dilemma of "nature versus nurture".
3. Awareness of new interdisciplinary evidence on the social mechanisms by which advantageous resources, cognitive abilities and personality traits are transferred from parents to children.
4. Understanding of the differences and similarities between the sociological and the economic approach to the study of mobility.
5. Awareness of the most important scales for measuring "non-cognitive skills" and personality traits in addition to the logic of standardized learning tests.
6. Develop the ability to understand scientific studies from multiple social science disciplines (sociology, economics, psychology) and to know the idiosyncratic conventions of each.
7. Learn to read rigorous research results, starting with multiple regression tables and including clever causal identification designs such as those based on birth month, matching and instrumental variables.
8. Awareness of the main explanations for international variation in social stratification patterns, including the influence of the welfare state and, in general, the role of institutions and public policies in social stratification.
9. Summarize the state of a given literature by identifying relevant knowledge gaps.
10. Know how to develop their own original hypotheses based on a coherent theoretical framework.
11. Know how to propose an adequate research design to answer a specific and relevant research question.
12. Know how to criticise constructively the work of others, propose improvements and offer different perspectives.
13. To learn how to present one's own research work (in progress) to a group in a stimulating way, in line with the established schedule.