- To seek, analyse and understand the properties of quantitative data associated with the study of social phenomena.
- To evaluate socioeconomic achievement studies starting from the relationship between theory and methodological developments.
- To understand the relationship between macro, meso and micro factors in the formation and reproduction of social inequalities.
- To know about the relationship between methodological advances and theoretical debates.
1. To understand the main socio-demographic challenges facing Europe (ageing, low fertility and integration problems of the second generation of immigrants) and their relationship with the different models of Welfare.
2. To understand the potential of immigration and the reduction of gender inequality to address socio-demographic challenges.
3. To master typological and empirical debates regarding international differences in family structures, standardization in life cycles, and determinants of transition between life events.
4. To be able to identify which economic, social and institutional factors explain international demographic differences, especially with regard to the levels of ageing, fertility and transition to adult life.
5. To know about the main theories, methods and substantive subjects of life course research with special attention to the processes of cumulative disadvantage, ageing, health, the interrelation between family and labour market and the incorporation of the second generation of immigrants.
6. To understand the contribution of the life-course perspective in the study of social inequality.
7. To know the main theories, methodological debates and the latest comparative empirical evidence on gender inequalities and the relationship between family-market and Welfare State.
8. To have knowledge of the contemporary theories, concepts and debates on migration processes: variations in profile and flows; selection of migrants; push and pull factors.
9. To master the typological and empirical debates related to the incorporation of immigrants, with special attention to the sources of ethnic inequality, integration factors and the processes of ethnic categorization and discrimination.
10. To understand the basic methodological principles of field experiments for the study of discrimination, their advantages over observational data study and their limitations, in particular with regard to questions of external validity.