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Seminars and Teaching

of the Department of Political and Social Sciences

Academic Year 2022-2023

Our Academic Year is divided into three terms:

First Term: October - December 2022
Seminars resume on 4 October 2022 (unless otherwise specified). Registrations open in August

Second Term: January - March 2023
Seminars resume on 9 January 2023 (unless otherwise specified). Registrations open Mid October and close Mid December.

Third Term: April - June 2023
All workshops grant 10 credits - The registrations will open by the End of February

First Term: October - December 2022

Seminars resume on 3 October 2022 (unless otherwise specified). Registrations in Osiris open at the End of August

Seminar Outline / Syllabus: Gender and Society: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Professor:
K. GËRXHANI
Contact:
Charlotte.Bufano@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
Foundations of Development
Professor:
M. GOLDEN
Contact:
Monika.Rzemieniecka@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
Changing Welfare States: The truncated road to Social Investment
Professor:
A. HEMERIJCK
Contact:
Maureen.Lechleitner@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
Parties and Party Systems
Professor:
S. HIX
Contact:
Jennifer.Dari@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
To Save and to Defend: Security Theory and Practice
Professor:
S. HOFMANN
Contact:
Claudia.Fanti@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
Reviewing and Publishing in International Relations (1st and 2nd term)
Professor:
S. HOFMANN
Contact:
Claudia.Fanti@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
The Foundations of Institutional Analysis
Professor:
E. IMMERGUT & W. SCHELKLE
Contact:
Pia.Dittmar@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
The Foundations of Institutional Analysis
Professor:
A. VAN DE RIJT
Contact:
Maureen.Lechleitner@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
Social and Political Networks
Professor:
H. VAN DE WERFHORST
Contact:
Monika.Rzemieniecka@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
Classics and currents of social stratification research
Professor:
E. IMMERGUT & W. SCHELKLE
Contact:
Pia.Dittmar@eui.eu

Seminar Outline / Syllabus: Introduction to Qualitative Methods
Professor: J. CHECKEL
Contact: Pia.Dittmar@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus: Introduction to Quantitative Methods
Professor: G. VAGNI
Contact: Charlotte.Bufano@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus: Intermediate Quantitative Methods research
Professor: A. VAN DE RIJT and F. KOSTELKA
Contact: Pia.Dittmar@eui.eu

Workshop Title: Prospectus workshop (no credits)
Mentoring professor / Instructor:
A. HEMERIJCK & S.HIX
Dates: 23 Nov-11 Jan 2022-23
Contact: Jennifer.Dari@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning Methods for the Social Sciences
Supervising professor / Instructor:
A, VAN DE RIJT & S. SKIENA
Dates: 9, 11, 16 Nov 2022
Contact:
Charlotte.Bufano@eui.eu

Second Term: January - March 2023

Seminars resume on 9 January 2023 (unless otherwise specified). Registrations in Osiris open Mid October and close Mid December.

Seminar Outline / Syllabus: Foundations of Political & Social Science: Philosophy, Theory and Ethics
Professor: J. CHECKEL
Contact: Pia.Dittmar@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
Life course research: change and inequality over human lives
Professor
: J. HARKONEN
Contact: Monika.Rzemieniecka@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
Challenges to Democracy: A Replication Course
Professor:
S. HIX
Contact: Jennifer.Dari@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
Reviewing and Publishing in International Relations (1st and 2nd term)
Professor:
S. HOFMANN
Contact: Claudia.Fanti@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
The New Politics of Policy Change
Professor:
E. IMMERGUT
Contact:
Pia.Dittmar@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
European Political Economy and Public Policy
Professor:
W. SCHELKLE
Contact:
Jennifer.Dari@eui.eu

Seminar Outline / Syllabus: Causal inference
Professor: E. DINAS
Contact: Jennifer.Dari@eui.eu


Seminar Outline / Syllabus:
Research Practicum
Professor: M. GOLDEN
Contact: Monika.Rzemieniecka@eui.eu

 
Seminar Outline / Syllabus: Time-Series Cross-Section Data Analysis
Professor: F. KOSTELKA
Contact: Pia.Dittmar@eui.eu

 
Seminar Outline / Syllabus: Applied mixed modelling for comparative, hierarchical and panel data
Professor: H. VAN DE WERFHORST
Contact: Monika.Rzemieniecka@eui.eu

Third Term: April - June 2023

All workshops grant 10 credits unless otherwise specified
The registrations are open in Osiris End of January

Workshop Title: A Life Cycle of Fieldwork 
Supervising professor / Instructor:
S. HOFMANN & S. RITHOLTZ (MWF)
Dates: 2-3 May 2023
Contact:  Claudia.Fanti@eui.eu
Credits: 10


Workshop Title:
Analysis of Historical Data: Collection, Elaboration & Causal Inference
Supervising professor / Instructor:
F. KOSTELKA & F.SCHAFF (MWF)
Dates: 15-16 May 2023
Contact: Pia.Dittmar@eui.eu
Credits: 10


Workshop Title:
Analysis of Spatial Dependence
Supervising professor / Instructor:
W. SCHELKLE & DR. A.F. TOLLESFEN Vienna University of Economics and Business 
Dates: 24-26 May 2023
Contact: Jennifer.Dari@eui.eu
Credits: 10


Workshop Title:
Ethnographic and ‘Qualitative’ Data Collection
Supervising professor / Instructor:
E. DINAS & E. CHARITOPOULOU (MWF)
Dates: 17-18 May, 22-23 May, and 5-6 June 2023
Contact: Jennifer.Dari@eui.eu
Credits: 20


Workshop Title:
Field experiments
Supervising professor / Instructor:
M. GOLDEN & N. GARBIRAZ-DIAZ (MWF)
Dates: 13-14 April 2023
Contact:  Monika.Rzemieniecka@eui.eu
Credits: 10


Workshop Title:
Longitudinal data analysis: Sequence analysis and growth curve models
Supervising professor / Instructor:
J. HÄRKÖNEN & G. VAGNI (MWF) and L. SAGE (MWF)
Dates: 8-9 June 2023
Contact: Monika.Rzemieniecka@eui.eu
Credits: 10

Workshop Title: Mixed Methods
Supervising professor / Instructor:
D. FLONK &  E. CHARITOPOULOU (MFW)
Dates: 20-21 March 2023
Contact: Charlotte.Bufano@eui.eu
Credits: 10


Workshop Title:
Politics of the Environmental Crises
Supervising professor / Instructor:
S. HIX & T. VETTESE (MWF)
Dates:
8-9-10 May 2023
Contact:
Charlotte.Bufano@eui.eu
Credits: 10


Workshop Title:
Process Tracing and Practice Analytics
Supervising professor / Instructor:
J. CHECKEL
Dates: 17, 18, 19 April 2023
Contact: Pia.Dittmar@eui.eu 
Credits: 10


Workshop Title:
Social policy analysis in a life-course perspective
Supervising professor / Instructor:
A. HEMERIJCK & I. PLAVGO
Dates: 31 May, 1-2 June 2023
ContactClaudia.Fanti@eui.eu
Credits: 10


Workshop Title:
Computational Text Analysis
Supervising professor/ Instructor:
E. IMMERGUT & J. DI COCCO (MWF)
Dates: 11, 19, 20, 21 April  + 11 May 2023
Contact: Charlotte.Bufano@eui.eu
Credits: 10

Workshop Title - What’s the latest? - Workshop on state-of-the-art inequality research - Cluster Workshop
Supervising professor / Instructor:
H. VAN DE WERFHORST & A. MONJE-NARANJO (ECO)
Dates: 12 & 19 May 2023
Contact: Monika.Rzemieniecka@eui.eu
Credits: 10

Useful Information for Researches:

FOUNDATION SEMINARS:
foundation seminars
provide a broad introduction to the key theories, concepts and debates in given research areas such as comparative sociology, political behaviour, comparative politics, international relations, political economy and theory.

RESEARCH SEMINARS:
research seminars
are more focused on specific, cutting-edge topics within a given research area.

METHODS SEMINARS
methods seminars
go from compulsory introductory seminars in qualitative and quantitative methods to intermediate and more advanced research design ones.

WORKSHOPS
workshops
are shorter in duration than seminars and are concentrated over a few days (typically, two or three days). They usually take place in the third term and are mostly devoted to research methods. 

To register for a seminar or workshop use the OSIRIS Online Portal.

Full attendance in the Seminars and Workshops, together with any other requirements specified by the professor teaching the seminar, is necessary in order to be awarded credits. One full seminar or masterclass counts for 20 hours, one specialised workshop typically counts for 10 hours (unless otherwise specified).
If you wish to write a term paper in relation to a seminar or workshop, it should be sent to the seminar's professor and the organising administrative assistant by the deadline for first/second term papers (see SPS deadlines).

Introduction to Effective Research Design must be taken during the first year of the doctoral programme. You must take either Introduction to Quantitative Methods or Intermediate Quantitative Methods (depending on your previous quantitative methods training) during the first two years of the doctoral programme.
Likewise, Introduction to Qualitative Methods can be taken during the first two years of the doctoral 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.

Download the full course description

No registration required

Contact: Monika.Rzemieniecka@eui.eu

 

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: Monika.Rzemieniecka@eui.eu

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