For its 11th year, the ECPR’s Summer School in Methods and Techniques moved to the Central European University’s Department of Political Science in Budapest. The School continued to offer up-to-date methods training, across the same time frame and structure, but just from this new location. CEU offered a fantastic mix of beautiful buildings, plenty of space for networking, great facilities and an unbeatable city-centre location.
The Summer School forms part of the ECPR's Methods School, which delivers cutting-edge courses in the full span of qualitative and quantitative topics, spread across the two schools. Delivered by a diverse range of experienced Instructors and supported by dedicated Teaching Assistants, the academic side of the School is designed to provide young scholars with the methodological skill set they need at the start of their career, while an exciting plenary programme provides an opportunity for all important networking.
This year, 14 new courses were confirmed as part of the course programme, making it the largest number of courses offered so far at Summer School: 11 refresher courses and 30 main courses. The ever-popular Qualitative Data Analysis course instructed by Marie-Hélène Paré ran in both the first and second weeks due to demand.
Plenary activities were also increased - more brown bag lectures and course tasters were offered throughout both weeks as well as at the second week welcome reception alongside the Dirk Berg-Schlosser Award.
The course content of the Summer School is designed to complement that of its sister event, the ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques, which currently takes place in Bamberg, Germany, every February.
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