The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) is pleased to organize the second edition of the ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques, in cooperation with the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), from 19 July to 4 August 2007. It is targeted at advanced students (Master, beginning Ph.D) and junior researchers in political science and sociology, but students and researchers from all social and behavioural sciences are most welcome.
The aim of the summer school is to provide methods training opportunities in addition to MA and PhD curricula at European universities and to foster debate, interaction, and mutual understanding between various methodological perspectives at an early stage in academic careers. The curriculum covers introductory and intermediate courses in both quantitative and qualitative methods, also stemming from different ontological and methodological perspectives, and also features some plenary interactive events and debates, so as to increase alertness of young researchers to other methodological perspectives and possibilities. Some ECTS credits (3 or 5) can also be earned for the main, two-week courses.
The programme has been expanded to 4 intensive courses and 15 main, two-week courses. The 4 Intensive courses (three days: 19 July - 21 July 2007) are: 1. Inferential statistics; 2. Basic concepts of mathematics; 3. Introduction to SPSS; 4. Introduction to R.
The 15 Main courses (two weeks: 23 July - 4 August 2007) are: 5. Mathematical concepts and formal modelling;; 6. Generating 'qualitative' data: expert interviews and documentary sources; 7. Comparative survey design; 8. The statistical analysis of cross-national survey data; 9. Multiple regression analysis; 10. Political and policy ethnography; 11. Quantitative narrative analysis; 12. Comparative research design and configurational comparative methods; 13. Network analysis; 14. Qualitatively orientated textual analysis; 15. Online research methods; 16. Temporality and sequence analysis; 17. Mixed methods design; 18. Multilevel analysis ; 19. Methodologies of case studies.
Full information is available on the official Summer school website. Registration to each course is accepted on "first come, first serve" basis.