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Content Analysis - Kostas Gemenis

Kostas Gemenis
gemenis@mpifg.de

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies – MPIfG

Kostas Gemenis is Senior Researcher in Quantitative Methods at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.

His research interests include measurement in the social sciences, and content analysis with applications to estimating the policy positions of political actors.

He is currently involved in Preference Matcher, a consortium of researchers who collaborate in developing e-literacy tools designed to enhance voter education.

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Short Bio Kostas Gemenis is Assistant Professor of Research Methods at the Department of Public Administration, University of Twente. His research interest include measurement in the social sciences, and content analysis with applications to estimating the policy positions of political actors. He is also currently involved in Preference Matcher , a consortium involving researchers who collaborate in developing e-literacy tools designed to enhance voter education. http://www.utwente.nl/mb/pa/staff/gemenis/ Prerequisite knowledge Participants are expected to be familiar with basic statistical concepts such as measures of central tendency (mean, median), dispersion (standard deviation), tests of association (Pearson’s r) and inference (χ2, t-test). These material are covered in the first few chapters of introductory statistics or data analysis textbooks. A useful example is Pollock P.H. III, The Essentials of Political Analysis, fourth edition (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2012), Chapters 2, 3, 6, and 7. Some familiarity with SPSS, and Stata or R statistical software is also desirable. Short course outline The course will introduce participants to the family of methods known as ‘content analysis’ using a variety of examples from political and other disciplines. The course will cover the basic aspects of content analysis relating to creating coding schemes, document selection, coding, and scaling. Particular attention will be paid to evaluating measurement in the context of content analysis in terms of reliability and validity. The course will cover different approaches to both manual and computer-assisted coding in content analysis, and will be taught in a mix of lectures and seminars. After the lectures, participants will be asked to do some hands-on content analysis exercises (codebooks, text material, and software where needed will be provided via Moodle) and the results will be discussed during the seminars. In additions, participants will be able to present their own project in class and get feedback from the instructors and the other participants.

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This course description may be subject to subsequent adaptations (e.g. taking into account new developments in the field, participant demands, group size, etc). Registered participants will be informed at the time of change.

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