Herbst 2012

Advanced Methods III - mixed methods - Conceptualization and Measurement

Course description:

  • Concepts are the building blocks of theory; obtaining measures of those concepts is the foundation of science. Yet, conceptualization and measurement frequently receive much less attention in political methodology than, for example, estimation, which is the usual focus of introductory methods classes. Against this trend, the current course puts conceptualization and measurement where they belong—in the spot light. The course begins by considering the proper formulation of concepts. It asks how one can delineate one concept from another, how one can identify aspects of concepts, and why one should avoid concept stretching. It then asks how one should translate concepts into measures, relying heavily on the representational theory of measurement. We discuss approaches that enable researchers to better enable measurement and conceptualization such as in-depth interviews, focus groups and Q-sorts. We discuss the importance of reliable and valid measurement and discuss tools to assess these attributes based on classical test theory and item response models.

Instructor: Prof. Marco Steenbergen

Place: Zurich, IPZ, City Port, Affolternstrasse 56,time: Mondays, 14.00 - 15.45, room: AFL-E-009.

Please apply to this course via SAP. If you are unable to enrole via SAP please contact Petra Holtrup via Email. The course will be credited with 4 ECTS points.

Advanced Methods I - Foundations of Quantitative Political Analysis

Course description

  • Quantitative methods are pervasive in political analysis, are becoming ever more sophisticated, and change ever more rapidly. Keeping up with methodological advances is key to academic success but requires a solid understanding of statistical inference. The present course aims to develop such an understanding. The goal is not so much to teach particular methods—although these will be discussed—as to provide students with ideas, concepts, and tools that are essential for a lifelong of methodological learning. Methods come and go, but the ideas conveyed in this course will always be important. The course focuses on three broad themes: (1) the probability model; (2) the identification of models and effects; and (3) estimation theory. The topics will first be discussed in general terms and will then be discussed in the context of various well-known methods in quantitative political science. Note: Students are expected to have had a basic course in statistics and be familiar with the linear regression model.

Instructor: Prof. Marco Steenbergen

Place: Zurich, IPZ, City Port, Affolternstrasse 56, time: Tuesdays, 14.00 - 15.45, room: AFL-E-011.

Please apply to this course via SAP. If you are unable to enrole via SAP please contact Petra Holtrup via Email. The course will be credited with 4 ECTS points.

Workshop: How to deal with media and journalists

Course description

  • This workshop is a co-sponsered project together with the Doctoral Program of the Institute of Psychology. This workshop aims to familiarize you with how the media tick, to show you how to raise interest for your themes, to give you an introduction to journalistic text writing and to let you know about the rules and pitfalls, dos and don'ts in case you happen to be called by journalists. - Structure, style and language of press releases - What and how to deal with journalists, your rights as an interviewee - Constructing concise and brief statements for educated non-experts - Arguing convincingly for your research interests. The workshop will be credited with 1 ECTS point.

Instructor: Pierre Freimüller, appunto communications, .

Place: Zurich, Oerlikon, further details to be determined, time: 27.11: 09:00am - 03:45pm, 28.11: 10:15am - 05:00pm.

Please apply to this course via SAP. Additionally please contact T. Dellenbach via Email. The workshop will be credited with 1 ECTS point. Please note in your Email to Thomas Dellenbach, that your are a PhD candidate of Political Sciences.

Workshop: Intercultural Communication in Academia, Guest: D. Gröschke, University of Jena, DEU

Course description

  • This workshop deals with the challenges in intercultural situations, specifically in the context of academia. The aim of the course is to develop intercultural sensitivity and efficacy. The reflection of one's own and others behavior and expectations is crucial to reach this goal. Therefore, the workshop is divided into two blocks. During the first block, participants analyze their own cultural background and its influence on perception and behavior. Further, participants will train strategies for communication and behavior in specific intercultural situations as e.g. in multicultural teamwork or at international conferences. Additional, participants will develop a learning diary that has to be completed by the second block. During the second block, participants will present and discuss their learning outcomes. This reflection is accompanied by further exercises for intercultural sensitivity and cross-cultural competence. The workshop will be credited with 1,5 ECTS points.

Instructor: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Daniela Gröschke, Department of Intercultural Business Communication, University of Jena.

Place: Zurich, Oerlikon, further details to be determined, time: Block 1: 01.11.12: 1.00 p.m - 6.00 p.m. 02.11.12: 9.00 a.m - 2.45 p.m. Block 2: 17.01.13: 1.00 p.m - 6.00 p.m. 18.01.13: 9.00 a.m - 2.45 p.m.

Please apply to this course via SAP. If you are unable to enrole via SAP please contact T.Dellenbach via Email. The workshop will be credited with 1,5 ECTS points. Please note in your Email, that your are a PhD candidate of Political Sciences.

PhD Colloquium

The PhD colloquium fall 2012 will be held on Thursdays, 14.00 - 17.00, location: IPZ Oerlikon, Affolternstr 56, AFL - E -011. The PhD colloquium starts at 20 September 2012. For further information please contact Petra Holtrup.

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