Introduction (to the description of courses)
The IPSA-Flacso Mexico Summer School 2018 on Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science offers five parallel two-week courses covering a broader spectrum of quantitative, qualitative and comparative methods in social sciences. Some relevant features are the following:
- Courses will consist of 3.5 to 4 hours of teaching per day (with a coffee break in the morning) and, where required, about 2 hours of lab sessions in the afternoons;
- Required readings will be accessible by an intranet facility after registration of students and payment of fees.
- There will be an opening and a closing session and a reception where all participants will have an opportunity to start networking.
- Instructors will offer two late-afternoon lectures or round tables; and two lunch meetings on more practical matters (like “how to get published”) will be also organized.
What course should I choose?
Modern Regression Analysis is a great option for those who are just beginning to learn quantitative methods. Regression analysis is the departure for all advanced techniques.
If you are familiarized with this subject, you should check Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis, in which you will learn a set of quantitative techniques appropriate for the estimation of the causal impact of policy interventions.
Two of our courses are state-of-the-art techniques in social sciences: in Experimental Methods you will be exposed to the research design that is considered to maximize the internal validity of your findings. Comparative Research Design is a survey of several ways in which the comparative method is practiced, including QCA, barely known in Mexico despite being uniquely suited in the analysis of complex causal configurations.
Policy Analysis is aimed at civil servants, academic specialists, non-governmental organizations, and lobbing and consultancy agencies. It will qualify participants to give a meaningful advise on public policy.
Data science/Social media analysis is a great option for those who want to learn how to use data generated by social media platforms in social research.
In Survey analysis you will obtain a comprehensive understanding of survey research methods. You should choose this course if you are interested in political behaviour.
Finally, Mixed Methods explores sound research designs for small-n comparative case studies and how they can be nested into mixed methods research designs.