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IPSAMOOC: A New Frontier for Online Education

An extraordinary new teaching opportunity!

IPSAMOOCs are available at no charge for all teachers intent on bringing innovation to the classroom experience.

“Adopting” a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) enables teachers to transform their “on-campus” course through a new integrated approach. According to the so-called “flipped classroom” model, teachers can use all or part of a MOOC content as a Web companion to their lectures. This allows teachers to devote class time to discussions on topics that students have studied online in greater depth.

Every class can become a seminar rather than a lecture. Moreover, if teachers who choose to use an IPSAMOOC are IPSA members, they can request a special access code for students that allows for closer monitoring of and interaction with students involved in online activities.

IPSAMOOCs are also available for direct student access.

Political science students worldwide have a unique opportunity to enrol in a pilot set of political science courses given by outstanding IPSA academics.

The first six IPSAMOOCs began at the end of July, and enrolment is still open. All IPSSAMOOCs are offered free of charge.

If you haven’t started yet, it’s not too late! Enrol now and start working at your own pace. Course materials will remain available after the course ends in order to allow students to complete their course of study.

IPSA members can enrol using the special code received by email. By registering via the course code, applicants are entitled to receive an IPSA certificate of course attendance upon completion of their MOOC. After registration, students will have access to all lessons published to date, as well as others as they become available online.

If you do not have your code, please retrive it in the IPSA online account section marked “My Membership”/”Status & Benefits.

Join us in this challenging new learning experience!

Welcome aboard!

IPSAMOOC

For further information, please write to ipsamooc@federica.eu

IPSA Summer School - São Paulo 2017

8th Annual IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science
January 23-February 10, 2017
University of São Paulo, Brazil

Founded in 2010, the IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science seeks to provide scholars of the social sciences with access to high-quality, cutting edge, advanced training in qualitative and quantitative social science methods. 

Organized by the University of São Paulo’s Department of Political Science and Institute of International Relations and the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the 8th session of the IPSA-USP Summer School will be held at the University of São Paulo from January 23 to February 10, 2017.

The deadline to apply is October 4, 2016.

The IPSA-USP Summer School schedule is partitioned into three one-week sessions. The curriculum includes special information sessions that provide practical training on specific skills and seminars that provide participants with opportunities to examine the impact of various methodologies on specific substantive issues.

Module 1 (January 23-27) (35 hours)

Basics of Causal Case Study Methods, Derek Beach (University of Aarhus)
Building Parametric Statistical Models, Glauco Peres da Silva (USP)
Designing Feasible Research Projects in Political Science, Allyson Benton (CIDE)
Essentials of Applied Data Analysis, Leonardo Barone (USP)
Methods and Problems in Political Philosophy, Herlinde Pauer-Studer (University of Vienna)
Modeling Dynamics, Lorena Barberia (USP), Andy Phillips (Texas A&M)


Module 2 (January 30- February 3 - 35 hours)

Advances in Modeling Dynamics, Guy Whitten (Texas A&M), Lorena Barberia (USP), Andy Phillips (Texas A&M)
Basics of Multi-Method Research: Integrating Case Studies and Regression, Jason Seawright (Northwestern University)
Basics of Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis, Bruno Cautres (Science Po)
Basics of Set-Theoretic Methods and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), Carsten Schneider (Central European University)
Basics of Spatial Interdependence in Theory and Practice, Laron Williams (University of Missouri)
Maximum Likelihood Estimation, Glauco Peres da Silva (USP)
The Philosophy of Science: Positivism and Beyond, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson (American University)
Using Case-Based Methods in Practice, Derek Beach (University of Aarhus)


Module 3 (February 6-10- 35 hours)

Advanced Issues in Multi-Method Research: Integrating Case Studies and
Contemporary Methods for Causal Inference, Jason Seawright (Northwestern University)
Advanced Issues in Set-Theoretic Methods and Qualitative Comparative
Analysis (QCA), Carsten Schneider (Central European University)
Advanced Issues in Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis, Bruno Cautres (Science Po)
Analyzing Grouped Data: Multi-level Models, Randy Stevenson (Rice University)
Essentials of Multiple Regression Analysis, Glauco Peres da Silva (USP)
Modeling Dynamics in Space and Time, Guy Whitten (Texas A&M)
Predicting Elections, Cliff Young (IPSOS)

For more information on the School´s courses and instructors, financial aid, registration fees, and more, visit the website (http://summerschool.fflch.usp.br) or contact summeripsa@usp.br.

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Marcelo Varnoux Garay in Memoriam (1964-2016)

We are saddened to announce that Dr. Marcelo Varnoux Garay, the founder of the Bolivian Association of Political Science, passed away in August. On behalf of the International Political Science Association and the global political science community, our condolences go to his family and the Bolivian Association of Political Science.

Dr. Marcelo Varnoux Garay had a degree in Political Science from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Master of Political Science from the University of San Simón, Cochabamba. He had expertise in analysis of the Bolivian Political System. He was a member of the Latin American Network for Studies on the Quality of Democracy and professor at the University of San Andrés. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the University “Nuestra Señora de La Paz”. Dr. Garay founded the Bolivian Association of Political Science (ABCP) in 2002 and was its President and CEO. He was also columnist for La Paz daily “La Prensa”.

He wrote several books:  Building Democracy: Opinion Studies Socio - Politics in the cities of La Paz and El Alto (2000); Bolivia: Visions of the Future (2002); Youth, Citizens? Plural Editors (2003); Principles and Values of Democracy: Toward Building a Democratic Culture (2006) fifth edition 2011. The Quality of Democracy in Bolivia (from 2010 to 2015).

He also wrote several articles in journals of Bolivia and abroad. First Prize in the National Contest of Political Essay "Dr. Julio Alberto Cossio D'Avis and Hector Salinas " sponsored by Libreria Editorial "Amigos del Libro" and the Latin American Institute of Social Research ( ILDIS ) 1997.