Advanced Methods I: Modeling Heterogeneity and Contextuality
This course focuses on observed and unobserved heterogeneity in politics, which may derive from contextual effects. Such heterogeneity must be taken into consideration lest statistical inferences be valid. Fortunately, over the last three decades numerous advances have been made for modeling heterogeneity. This course focuses on the most important of these models such as: (1) mixture models, (2) multilevel analysis, (3) latent class analysis, (4) multiple group models, (5) panel data models.
Instructor: Marco Steenbergen (Blockcourse second week of September 2013).
Advanced Methods III: Research Design and Causual Inference
This is an intermediary course on research design with a special focus on doing causal inference. Working from different philosophical perspectives on causation, the course introduces students to a variety of tools that will allow them to identify causal effects. These include qualitative comparative analysis, case study design, process tracing, experimental design, matching, instrumental variables, difference-in- differences, synthetic control, and regression discontinuity
Instructor: Marco Steenbergen/Livia Schubiger, weekly course, every Wednesday.
Research Design and Implementation
Instructor: Prof. Marco Steenbergen
Concepts are the building blocks of theories, measures, and ultimately of the entire research enterprise. Too often, however, they receive scant attention in political methodology. This is unfortunate because there is a method to proper conceptualization. This course is designed for students who are beginning their dissertation projects. The aim of the course is to acquaint the participants with the core theoretical and practical aspects necessary for conducting scientific research. The seminar will tackle the main concepts, techniques and challenges inherent to research design and help students to critically reflect on both qualitative and quantitative methods. To this end, the course will provide the students with the necessary tools to elaborate their theses in terms of research questions and design, methodology, data collection and analysis techniques required for researching social phenomena. Throughout the seminar, students will be encouraged to bring and present their own research design problems that can be discussed together with their peers and instructor.
Instructor: Marco Steenbergen.
Place: Zurich, IPZ, City Port, Affolternstrasse 56, time: Thursdays, 14.00 – 17.00, ROOM E 009, (max.4 sessions altogether, beginning of the fall term, followed by the PhD colloquium)
Please enrole to this course via UZH module booking system. If you are unable to enrole please contact Petra Holtrup via Email. The course will be credited with 2 ECTS.
The PhD colloquium fall 2013 will be held on Thursdays, 14.00 - 17.00, location: IPZ Oerlikon, Affolternstr 56, AFL-E-009. The PhD colloquium starts at mid of October 2013. To reserve a date please contact Petra Holtrup via Email.
Instructor: Petra Holtrup/Marco Steenbergen.