IPSA-METU Summer School for Social Science Research Methods
September 9-20, 2013
The IPSA-METU Summer School for Social Science Research Methods was held at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, from September 9 to 20, 2013. The school is the first of its kind to be offered in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, and Eurasia.
The Summer School was jointly organized by IPSA and the METU Graduate School of Social Sciences. A total of 21 students chose between six courses and a preliminary course on a wide variety of social science research methods:
- Analysis of Voting Behavior (Prof. Dr. Bruno Cautres, Sciences Po, Paris)
- Case Study Research and Grounded Theory Approach (Prof. Dr. Werner Patzelt, Technical University, Dresden)
- Comparative Research Designs and Comparative Methods (Prof. Dr. Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Phillips University, Marburg)
- Interviews and Focus Groups (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayça Ergun, Middle East Technical University, Ankara)
- Multiple Linear Regression Analysis (Prof. Dr. Bettina Westle, Phillips University, Marburg)
- Web Surveys in Political Science: An Introduction to Methods and Issues (Assist. Prof. Dr. Özgehan Şenyuva, Middle East Technical University, Ankara)
- Preliminary Course: Introduction to Statistics and SPSS
In addition to attending regular class meetings in the morning and lab sessions or practice hours in the afternoon, participants were invited to attend two lunch-hour speeches titled “How to Prepare a Research Proposal I” and “How to Prepare a Research Proposal II.” The speeches were given by Dirk-Berg Schlosser.
The IPSA-METU Summer School gave students a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge of social science research methods under leading experts in the field as well as build academic networks across the region. The school has pioneered this vision in the region, and the hope is that this approach will continue to bear fruit in the years to come.