IPSA Summer School - São Paulo 2017

8th Annual IPSA-USP Summer School on 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 IPSA-USP Summer School will be held at the University of São Paulo from January 23 to February 10, 2017.

The IPSA-USP Summer School schedule is divided into three one-week sessions. The curriculum includes special information sessions with practical training on specific skills as well as seminars 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
Building Parametric Statistical Models
Designing Feasible Research Projects in Political Science
Essentials of Applied Data Analysis
Methods and Problems in Political Philosophy
Modeling Dynamics

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

Advances in Modeling Dynamics
Basics of Multi-Method Research: Integrating Case Studies and Regression
Basics of Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis
Basics of Set-Theoretic Methods and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
Basics of Spatial Interdependence in Theory and Practice
Maximum Likelihood Estimation
The Philosophy of Science: Positivism and Beyond
Using Case-Based Methods in Practice

Module 3 (February 6-10- 35 hours)

Advanced Issues in Multi-Method Research: Integrating Case Studies and Contemporary Methods for Causal Inference
Advanced Issues in Set-Theoretic Methods and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
Advanced Issues in Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis
Analyzing Grouped Data: Multi-level Models
Essentials of Multiple Regression Analysis
Modeling Dynamics in Space and Time
Predicting Elections


The IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science and International Relations is delighted to count on a great team of faculty in 2017, including:

Guy Whitten (Texas A&M)
Bruno Cautres (Science Po)
Patrick Thadeus Jackson (American University) 
Carsten Schneider (Central European University)
Derek Beach (University of Aarhus)
Randy Stevenson (Rice University)
Jason Seawright (Northwestern University)
Laron Williams (University of Missouri)
Herlinde Pauer-Studer (University of Vienna)
Allyson Benton (CIDE)
Lorena Barberia (USP)
Glauco Peres da Silva (USP)
Leonardo Barone (USP)
Cliff Young (IPSOS)
Daniela Schettini (USP) 
Andrew Phillips (Texas A&M)

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

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Institutional Partners

The 2017 IPSA-USP Summer School was made possible with the generous financial support of the Department of Political Science, the Institute of International Relations, the School of Philosophy, Letters and the Humanities (FFLCH), and the Provost’s Office for Research at the University of São Paulo. We are also grateful for the valuable support provided by BNDES, FAPESP, CAPES and CNPq. Together, these public sector research funding institutions have been long-time supporters of the Summer School and invaluable to its success. The Summer School is also supported by the Center for Metropolitan Studies (CEM) and the Center for Comparative and International Studies (NECI) at the University of São Paulo.   

Local Organization Committee

Lorena Barberia, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo (Chair)
Daniela Schettini, Institute for International Relations, University of São Paulo
Glauco Peres da Silva, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo
Adriana Schor, Institute for International Relations, University of São Paulo