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.

It starts with Short courses (two days, beginning Friday 26 July), followed by Main courses and Advanced workshops (lasting five or ten days, Monday 29 July – Friday 2 August and Monday 5 – Friday 9 August).

Course packages

You can take any course on its own or combine it with other courses to create a package. Scheduling conflicts mean that some course types don't allow courses to be combined. In the Course list, click the Course type (second column from left) to see when the course is scheduled. Check the course types below to find out whether the course types you're interested in can be combined into a package. 

Possible course combinations

1 First Week
AM or PM
+ Second Week
AM or PM
2 First Week
AM or PM
+ Advanced Workshop*

*Advanced Workshops 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
+ Advanced Workshop*
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

Course types

 

Short courses (10.5 hours over two days)

Friday 26 July
13:00–15:00 and 15:30–18:00

Saturday 27 July

09:00–12:30 and 14:00–17:30

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

 

Main courses, AM or PM (three hours a day over five days)

Monday 29 July Friday 2 August; Monday 5 Friday 9 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.

Advanced Workshops (five hours a day over five days)

09:00–12:30 and 14:00–16:00

Workshops for scholars at an advanced stage of their research project, with at least some empirical material, and engaged in analysis of this material.

Course categories

Short, Main and Advanced Workshops are categorised to help you decide which course best suits your needs.

Research design/fundamentals course
Enables you to think about your research broadly, so you can make 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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