IPSA Summer School - St.Petersburg

1st Annual IPSA-HSE Summer School in Concepts,
Methods and Techniques in Political Science
July 30-August 13, 2017
National Research University Higher School of Economics, Pushkin, St. Petersburg, Russia

The first annual IPSA-HSE Summer School on Concepts, Methods and Techniques of Political Science was presented at the Higher School of Economics’ Management Training Center in Pushkin, St. Petersburg (Russia) from July 30 to August 13, 2017. The school was jointly organized by the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and National Research University Higher School of Economics, with support from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg.

The school’s mission is to develop student competencies, specifically in the use of modern methods of political science to advance political and social research, and to promote further cooperation within the global political research community. Overall, the School drew 24 students from eight countries, most of whom were PhD students and young researchers.

Six one-week courses on methods were offered. Instructors included Prof. Dirk-Berg-Schlosser (Philipps University of Margburg, Germany), Prof. Werner Patzelt (Dresden University of Technology, Germany), Prof. Cameron Thies (Arizona State University, U.S.), and Professors Eduard Ponarin and Boris Sokolov (HSE, Russia). Students were given a chance to take one or two courses in quantitative and qualitative research methods, with courses on qualitative comparative analysis and case study proving to be the most popular this year.

All students received a certificate of attendance and a transcript of records with ETCS (one credit for each course), and all had an opportunity to master their research skills. The school schedule was quite intense, with lectures before lunch and study groups in the afternoon.

Over and above the general program, students participated in four workshops under the aegis of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, broadly titled “Hybrid Regimes Era: Social and Political Transformations in Post-Authoritarian Societies.” Prominent scholars and experts were invited to share ideas on issues of authoritarian modernization, digital technologies and media development, and historical legacies. Guest speakers included Prof. Vladimir Gel’man (University of Helsinki, Finland), Prof. Alexander Libman (University of Munich, Germany), Prof. Indra Overland (Norwegian Institute for Foreign Affairs, Norway), Artem Filatov (Echo of Moscow radio) and Mikhail Tyurkin (Rosbalt news agency).

Courses were given at the HSE Management Training Centre in Pushkin, a picturesque town near St. Petersburg. Students and experts learned about Russia’s cultural heritage by visiting the famous Catherine Palace and its Amber Room, as well as other attractions, including the Hermitage. Two sightseeing bus tours of the city centre were organized for participants.

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2nd Annual IPSA-HSE Summer School for Methods of Political & Social Research
July 25-August 10, 2018
National Research University Higher School of Economics, Pushkin, St. Petersburg, Russia

The 2nd IPSA-HSE Summer School for Methods of Political & Social Research will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia from July 25 to August 10, 2018. The School is co-organized by the National Research University Higher School of Economics and the International Political Science Association (IPSA) to provide essential training in a variety of cutting-edge research methods and techniques.

What is IPSA-HSE?

The school is organized as a series of one-week modules, each devoted to a particular research method. There is an option to combine them into a two-week course. Each course contains several lectures and workshops.

The preliminary course overview is the following:

Week 1 (July 30 – August 3) Week 2 (August 6 – August 10)
Regression Analysis I (Eduard Ponarin, HSE);
Bayesian Statistics (Boris Sokolov, HSE);
Text as Data for Political Science I (Kirill Maslinsky, HSE);
Case Study Analysis I (Cameron Thies, Arizona State University);
QCA (Dr. Markus Siewert, Free University Berlin).
Regression Analysis II (Eduard Ponarin, HSE);
Structural Equation Modeling (Boris Sokolov, HSE);
Text as Data for Political Science II (Kirill Maslinsky, HSE);
Case Study analysis II (Cameron Thies, Arizona State University);
Grounded Theory (Werner Patzelt, Technical University Drezden).

Two specialized courses are also being offered this year, and they can be taken alongside basic courses:

  • Introduction to Statistics in R for Beginners (Boris Sokolov, HSE), to be held from July 26 to July 28;
  • How to Study Russian Politics, a course that will be given after lunch from July 27 to August 10.

Why apply?

Participants of the IPSA-HSE Summer School have a chance to combine a high-level professional research training and getting a closer look at St. Petersburg – one of the most beautiful cities of Europe, often called the cultural capital of Russia and included into the UNESCO World Heritage.

IPSA – HSE Summer School continues the IPSA series of summer schools on methods of political and social sciences, St. Petersburg being the first Russian city to host this event. IPSA schools are known for their highest academic level to give students the essential knowledge on theory and practice of political and social research. The IPSA-HSE Summer School instructors represent the very best professorial talent from around the globe offering courses in a broad range of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Each participant will have an opportunity to get ECTS credits for each course taken.

Who can participate?

The IPSA-HSE School is open to all BA, MA, PhD students, as well as faculty members and other professionals. The School may be of most interest to those involved in research activities in social sciences, politics, international relations, public administration and related areas.

We also welcome BA, MA and PhD participants from the same university / institutions who can apply for a discount on tuition fees (please read terms on our website).

How to apply?

Please register for the IPSA – HSE Summer School using the following form. Note that you may need visa to travel to Russia. The deadline for registration is extended until April 30, 2018.

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