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2017 ECPR Summer School in Methods – Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Good research requires a solid methodology. The vision of the ECPR Methods School is to offer an unparalleled breadth and depth of courses offered in an informal, stimulating teaching setting, at the lowest possible cost to participants.

Held at the Central European University in Budapest from the 27th of July to 12th of August, 2017, the 12th ECPR Summer School is comprised of 44 main courses either lasting one or two weeks, and 14 intensive refresher courses held over three days before the main courses.

The ECPR’s Methods School offers start-of-the-art methods training across the whole range of methodologies (and across different paradigms and approaches), which are particularly salient for research questions in political science and neighboring disciplines, as well as dealing with all stages of a project and catering to the needs of research set at the macro and at the micro level.

While primarily aimed at Ph.D. students, courses can also be taken by junior and more senior faculties members. Courses offered range from introductory courses to a method or approach, to more specialized, advanced courses on innovative new methods and techniques. Courses cover both quantitative and qualitative designs as well as more positivist and more interpretative perspectives. Courses can either be followed on a stand-alone basis or can be combined over one or more events to provide a fuller, more comprehensive course of training.

The School comprises an intensive program of seminars and lab sessions that require a strong commitment from participants. The teaching language is English, and therefore all participants must be fluent in spoken English.

A sample of courses at the 2017 Summer School:

  • Introduction to Relational Social Science - Pragmatic Analytics – Patrick Jackson
  • Introduction to Reflectivist research designs - Xymena Kurowska
  • Introduction to Interpretive Research Designs - Peregrine Schwartz-Shea
  • Applied Mixed Methods Research – Erin Jenne
  • Case Study Research: Method and Practice – Ingo Rohlfing
  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Sets – Patrick Mello and Carsten Schneider
  • Causal Inference in the Social Sciences – Daniel Horn Psychometrics and Item Response Theory – Stanley Feldman Field Research I and II - Cai Wilkinson and Dvora Yanow Big Data Analysis in the Social Sciences – Pablo Barbera Applied Multilevel Regression Modelling – Zoltan Fazekas Advanced Structural Equation Modeling – Levi Littvay

A new format is also offered this year: two 3-day ‘à la carte’ workshops for seasoned scholars (27-29 July): a “quantitative methods” workshop and a “qualitative, interpretive, case-oriented and comparative methods” workshop.

More information on the full range of courses and application procedures can be found at: EventDetails.aspx?EventID=116.

Registrations open on 22 March; early bird discount up till 21 April.