ECPR Methods School



About the ECPR Methods School


Good research requires a solid methodology; a belief key to the aims of the ECPR and the reason for the creation of its Methods School.

The ECPR’s Methods School offers up-to-date 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 neighbouring 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. They 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 ECPR Methods School offers both Short and Main courses at both the Winter and Summer Schools. Short courses are designed to prepare you for a following Main course; Main courses cover different areas, as listed below.

Short courses

These courses offer an introduction, or refresher, to tools that will be useful for further courses and are categorised using the same categories as listed under Main courses. (Winter School: 7.5h over 2 days, Summer School: 15h over 3 days)

Seasoned Scholar Workshops

The workshops are designed for experienced scholars with significant research experience beyond their PhD and are offered at Summer School only.  The courses are 15h over 3 days, and includes two dinners, lunch each day and coffee at breaks.

Main courses

Main courses run for one-week at Winter School, and for one-week or two-weeks at Summer School, and cover the following categories:

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 (Winter School: 15h over 5 days; Summer School: 15h over 5 days or 30h over 10 days)

Data collection/generation course: a hands-on course focused on a specific method (or family of methods) for data collection or generation (Winter School: 15h over 5 days; Summer School: 15h over 5 days or 30h over 10 days)

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 (Winter School: 15h over 5 days; Summer School: 15h over 5 days or 30h over 10 days)

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 (Winter School: 15h over 5 days; Summer School: 15h over 5 days or 30h over 10 days)

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 (Winter School: 15h over 5 days; Summer School: 15h over 5 days or 30h over 10 days)

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

Master Class courses

The Master Class courses combine theoretical lectures and discussions in the morning sessions of the cutting edge developments in a particular method, with applications of methodological points on your own research project in the afternoon through the use of short student presentations and small group work.  These courses are categorised using the same categories lister under Main courses, above. (Winter and Summer School: 25h over 5 days)

Training tracks

While some types of courses are specific to an event, some of the more popular types of courses are offered at both schools. Methods School courses can either be followed on a stand-alone basis or in a sequence that constitutes a ‘training track’. A training track is a sequence of courses over 1, 2, 3 venues or more in the ECPR Methods School. For more information about how you could combine courses to provide an optimum training track, see the page here.

Certification

For those participants who need or wish to obtain ECTS Credits the Winter and Summer School host institutions grant, separately, ECTS Credits Certificates: up to 4 ECTS Credits for one Winter School participation (one week course), and up to 8 Credits for one Summer School participation (two week course).

 

Questions? Email methodsschool@ecpr.eu

 

"Aristocracies … may preserve themselves longest, but only democracies, which refresh their ruling class, can expand" - Hugh Trevor-Roper


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