IPSA Summer School - Capri


IPSA-Federica Summer School in Concept Analysis in the Web environment
September 2-6, 2018
Island of Capri, Italy


The 1st edition of the IPSA Summer School on Concept Analysis in the Web environment was held on the island of Capri, in the gulf of Naples, Italy, September 2-6 2018.

Jointly organised by Federica Web Learning and IPSA, the summer school followed an innovative workshop formula, combining a mix of online and face-to-face learning, to provide advanced theoretical and practical training in methodology. The specific approach explored by the 14 participants was that of Hyperpolitics. Hyperpolitics is a pioneering application of web 2.0 logic to create a Repository of Political Science Concepts; an academic ecosystem, comprising books (Calise and Lowi, University of Chicago Press, 2010), working platform (www.hyperpolitics.net), hyperlinks and learning communities that defines concepts in terms of their relationship to other concepts.

The 2018 Summer School comprised two modules:

Module One: Online Course

Module one was completed before the Summer School started with participants following the online course Understanding Political Concepts, by Mauro Calise and Werner Patzelt as fundamental preparation in the theoretical framework of the Hyperpolitics methodology for concept formation. The course was structured to allow for anytime, anyplace learning and to provide training in self-regulated and online learning. A battery of integrated tests and assignments enabled participants to monitor their own progress and assess their learning.

Attendance and successful completion of the MOOC module was a prerequisite to admission on the residential module, Participants thus came to the Summer School with a Political Concept of their choice that the face-to-face time with tutors and peers on Capri would enable them to develop in depth. Regular Skype meetings/tutoring sessions were held during module one between participants and instructors to discuss the theory, iron out any difficulties and guide participants in their choice.

Module two: Residential workshop

The scope of Module two was the individual development of a concept matrix applying the Hyperpolitics method. Tuition took the form of seminars and tutorials with an emphasis on knowledge and experience of online digital libraries. Interactive laboratory sessions saw course instructors on hand to facilitate and guide participants as they drafted their own paper and mined relevant internet sources to enhance their work. Throughout the week-long residential course, participants moved between formal and informal discussion and feedback sessions with instructors, visiting scholars and peers, which extended into the informal spaces of lunch and dinner and evening walks round Capri. Culminating in a presentation of their Concept Matrix in the final session.





Institutional partners:
Federica Web Learning and IPSA wish to thank the University of Naples Federico II for their generous provision of the Villa Orlandi venue for the Summer School

Local Organisation Committee:
Fortunato Musella
Valentina Reda

For further information, please visit the website or write to ipsamooc@federica.eu.