ECPR Summer School
Central European University, Budapest
26 July - 10 August 2018




Course Descriptions

Our Methods School delivers a broad variety of courses that cater for the needs of researchers in political science and neighbouring disciplines.  The Summer School offers complementary course types and categories, which add up to a full and comprehensive tuition package.

The Summer School starts with Short courses and Seasoned Scholar Workshops on Thursday 26 July for three days, followed by Main courses (lasting five or ten days, from Monday 30 July - Friday 3 August and Monday 6 August - Friday 10 August) or Master courses (five days, from Monday 6 August - Friday 10 August).

Course Packages

You can take any course on its own or combine it with other courses to create a package.  Due to scheduling conflicts, there are some course types which don't allow for courses to be combined.  In the Course List, the course type will show you when the course is scheduled for.  Check the course types below for a guide to see if the course types you're interested in can be made into a package. 

If you are considering taking two courses in the same week, please be aware that they entail a heavy workload. Most Main courses require additional work on top of the three classroom hours each day. Before you book, please read the course outlines thoroughly and make sure you are confident you can cope with the schedule.

Possible Course Combinations

1 First Week
AM or PM
+ Second Week
AM or PM
2 First Week
AM or PM
+ Master*

*Master courses are scheduled for the second week only of this year's Summer School.

If you are considering the packages below, highlighted in red, please be aware that they entail a heavy workload.

Most Main courses require additional work on top of the three classroom hours each day.

Before you book, please read the course outlines thoroughly and make sure you are confident you can cope with the schedule.

3 First Week
AM
+ First Week
PM
4 Second Week
AM
+ Second Week
PM
5 Two-week
AM
+ Two-week
PM
6 First Week
AM or PM
+ Two-week
AM or PM
7 Two-week
AM or PM
+ Second Week
AM or PM
8 First Week
AM or PM
+ Second Week
AM
+ Second Week
PM
9 First Week
AM
+ First Week
PM
+ Master*
10 First Week
AM
+ First Week
PM
+ Second Week
AM or PM
11 First Week
AM
+ First Week
PM
+ Second Week
AM
+ Second Week
PM

*Master courses are scheduled for the second week only of this year's Summer School.

Course Types

Short courses (15 hours over 3 days)

Thursday 26 July
13:30-17:00

Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July

09:00-12:30 and 13:30-17:00

These courses offer an introduction and tools useful for further courses.

Seasoned Scholar Workshops (15 hours over 3 days)

Thursday 26 July
13:30-17:00

Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July

09:00-12:30 and 13:30-17:00

The Workshops are designed for experienced scholars with significant research experience beyond their PhD.  The workshops are five hours over three days, starting on Thursday 26 July.  The Workshops will be developed and refined accordingly to meet the needs of the participants, and include lunch and refreshments each day and two informal dinners.  Due to the flexibility of the Workshops, the times may vary.

Main courses AM or PM (3 hours a day over 5 days)

Monday 30 July - Friday 3 August; Monday 6 - Friday 10 August
AM: 09:00-12:30
PM: 14:00-17:30

Courses are either First Week, Second Week or Two-week and involve three hours of class instruction per day. If you want to take two Main courses, AM + PM, please read the course outlines thoroughly. Most Main courses require additional work outside of the standard classes of three hours a day.

Master courses (5 hours a day over 5 days)

Monday 6 - Friday 10 August
09:00-12:30 and 14:00-16:00

Master courses are scheduled over five days, for five hours a day.  These courses are aimed at participants who are at an advanced stage of their research project, with at least some empirical material, and are engaged in analysis of this material.

Course Categories

Short, Main and Master courses are categorised to assist you with planning which course suits your needs.

Research design/fundamentals course: an ‘upstream’ course enabling you to think about your research more broadly, so you can make more informed choices about specific methods/techniques.

Data collection/generation course: a hands-on course focused on a specific method (or family of methods) for data collection or generation.

Data analysis (foundation): a hands-on course focused on a specific method (or family of methods) for data analysis, bringing you to a foundation level.

Data analysis course (introductory): a hands-on course focused on a specific method (or family of methods) for data analysis, bringing you to a level of well-informed use.

Data analysis course (intermediate): a hands-on course focused on a specific method (or family of methods) for data analysis, bringing you to an intermediate level, including recent refinements.

Data analysis course (advanced): a hands-on course focused on a specific method (or family of methods) for data analysis, bringing you to an expert level, including more recent refinements.

 

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