The complete Summer School program lasts two weeks. Every day classes are between three and a half and four hours long, with a coffee break in the morning. Depending on the type of the chosen course, there will be two additional hours of computer lab sessions to add the use of specific software in the curriculum. The participants will have the opportunity to receive special assessment about their specific needs related to their own research interests.
This program is also complemented by special lectures in which participants will have the chance to examine the impact of different methodologies on specific and substantial issues. Furthermore, the instructors will offer evening lectures on more practical academic matters, such as: "how to be published", and “how to write a successful ‘research protocol’". This year, there will be lectures on the use of Big Data in Social Science, Democratization, and Research Methodology for Surveys. An extra advantage of this IPSA-FLACSO Summer School is the math refresher course, at no additional cost, which will be offered by FLACSO Mexico instructors to all participants who wish to acquire the minimum level required to study the courses offered. The course schedule is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with 1 hour for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.). The total amount of hours per course is 60 hours.
The courses will be offered in English. As long as they are about subjects with specialized language, there will be no simultaneous translation. However, the refresher course includes a vocabulary session in which there will be taught technical terms, their meaning and an approximate translation in Spanish.
- 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 which will be supervised by teaching assistants.
- 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 late-afternoon lectures or round tables; and lunch meetings on more practical matters (like “how to get published”)