IPSA Summer School - St.Petersburg 2017

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

The 1st IPSA – HSE Summer School will be held at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg from July 30 to August 13, 2017. Jointly organized by IPSA and the Higher School of Economics, the event provides basic and advanced training in a wide range of social science methods and techniques.


Who can apply? We invite scholars of political science, international relations and related disciplines from across the globe to attend the event. The school will be of use and interest to faculty members, post-doctoral or doctoral students, masters students, and anyone intent on mastering their research skills using sophisticated and elaborate qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Why to apply? IPSA – HSE Summer School continues 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.

Why visiting St. Petersburg? Participation in the IPSA – HSE Summer School is a chance to combine a high-level professional research training and getting a closer look at St. Petersburg - one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

St. Petersburg is often called the cultural capital of Russia that combines the national historical legacy with the modernity and innovation. Being a part of UNESCO world Heritage, St. Petersburg preserves unique architectural ensembles, representing all the epochs from the Russian Empire to the present day. Its museums like the Hermitage are globally known attractions. Plenty of cultural and scientific events are held in the city every day.

The School offers a short cultural program for participants, which includes a sightseeing tour on St. Petersburg. Students can explore attractions of the city and suburbs in their free time, with our staff ready to help them choose the best tourist route.

How to apply? To enroll into the IPSA – HSE Summer School, please, apply using this form. Please, note that you may need visa to travel to Russia. The early registration deadline is April 30, 2017

School Overview. The School is organized as a series of one-week modules, each devoted to one research method. There is a possibility to combine them into a two-week course. It is possible to get 5 ECTS credits for one-week course. Each course’s syllabus includes lectures and workshops. Students will also have a chance to participate in a series of late-afternoon seminars on “Political Transformation of Postcommunist Eurasia”, leading by prominent political and social scholars from the leading Russian universities.

Courses Overview. This year we offer 10 courses, related to either qualitative and quantitative research techniques. The latter have been chosen as the most topical and elaborate methods to boost the research on social and political issues. The difficulty level of courses varies to give basic, intermediate or advanced skills. The methods we teach are Applied Regression Analysis, Social Network Analysis, Structural Equation Modeling, Bayesian Statistics, Grounded Theory, Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Case Study Analysis.

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