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 either Preparatory or intensive ‘Refresher’ courses designed to prepare you for a following Main course; Main courses cover four different areas, as listed below.

Short courses

Preparatory short course: a course that offers a quick introduction or ‘refresher’ to tools that will useful for further courses. Typically: software training, before taking a data analysis course.
(Winter School only: 7.5h over 2 days)

Intensive Refresher course: same focus as a Preparatory short course, but longer and more intensive.
(Summer School only: 18h over 3 days)

Main courses

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 (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.

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 SSMT and WSMT host institutions grant, separately, ECTS Credits Certificates: up to 5 Credits for one SSMT participation (two week course), and up to 4 ECTS Credits for one WSMT participation (Short course plus one-week Main course). For any participant attending more than one type of event (also over a longer period of time, e.g. over 2-3 years), the ECPR also issues a joint Certificate of attendance (certifying participation at the sequence of 2 or 3 events). Please see ECTS credits page on the Winter or Summer School home pages.

If you have any questions or require any further information please contact methodsschool@ecpr.eu.

 

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