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September Programme

The September programme consists of Accademia Fiesolana and three Preparatory workshops.

Accademia Fiesolana is the SPS Department’s introductory department seminar. Its objectives are to lay the groundwork for thinking about your own (and others’) research as well as to become familiar with the research done in the SPS department.

The first part consists of two seminar meetings. We start with discussing how to identify and ask a research question that can contribute to a broader body of literature, is clearly defined, is answerable, and is something you want to spend four years working on. Then we move on to thinking about how to select an appropriate method for the research questions being asked how choice of question and method are impacted by philosophical foundations. The second part consists of five seminar meetings, in which the faculty members of the department introduce their research by focusing on how their work relates to a broader problem in the political and social sciences.

The workshops are voluntary but recommended. The objectives of the three workshops are to prepare researchers for courses offered later in the programme and to brush up on some basic skills that researchers may need during their studies. They are offered as intensive courses over one week.


Accademia Fiesolana, 13– 23 September 2022 (Compulsory for all first-year researchers). No credits.

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No registration required

Contact: [email protected]


Preparatory workshops, 26 September – 30 September 2022 (Recommended for all first-year researchers) - No credits. Register in Osiris 

10:00 – 12:00  Mathematics for Political and Social Scientists 

13:00 – 15:00  Introduction to R 

15:00 – 17:00  Introduction to Qualitative Methods – Philosophy and Ethics, Interviews and Ethnography 

Contact: [email protected]

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