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We frequently get questions about upcoming post graduate courses on Interpretive Policy Analysis. Here you can find links to upcoming courses that are offered by various members of the IPA network.  Please contact us at contact@ipa.science if you would like to alert the network of any policy or political science teaching that is methodologically interpretivist in orientation such as courses, master classes, summerschools, winterschools, etc.

ECPR 2020 Winterschool

Analysing Political Language course

When: 17 – 21 February 2020

Where: University of Bamberg, Germany

Who: Prof. Dvora Yanow

Credits: 2-4 ECTS

This course will provide an overview of several methods or approaches that have been developed to analyse political language. Each day will be devoted to one method:

  • metaphor analysis
  • category analysis
  • narrative and storytelling analysis
  • framing analysis
  • visual analysis (also known as ‘visual politics’ or ‘visual methods’).

Small-group meetings (‘laboratories’) outside of class sessions will enable you to workshop these various analytic approaches with respect to your own field data, whether these derive from documentary, conversational/interviewing or (participatory-) observational sources, or to delve further into specific readings.

The course is not intended as a seminar for discussing individual readings in depth, however, rather to introduce a variety of methods in a way that renders them immediately usable for analysing data.

CfA IPPA 2020 Spring School

International Spring School on Public Policy – Denver Edition 2020

When: 1 – 5 June 2020

Where: University of Colorado, Denver

Who: Anna Durnova, Amy Mazur, Michael Jones, Edella Schlager and Chris Weible

Venue: The International School on Public Policy, Denver, Colorado, USA

IPPA is proud to introduce its Third “International Spring School on Public Policy – Denver Edition 2020”. Co-organised by IPPA and School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, the Spring School will be held in Denver from 1 – 5 June 2020.

The field of public policy involves a number of different ways of thinking, theories, and methodological approaches from many different epistemological and ontological perspectives in an increasingly globalized field. This diversity can challenge new students and experienced scholars alike. […]

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM)

Interpretive Political Science Intensive Course

When: 16 and 17 June 2020

Where: University of Southampton (UK)

Who: Prof. Rod Rhodes, Prof. Jack Corbett, Dr John Boswell and Dr Tamara Metze

Venue: The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), University of Southampton

Many students in the social sciences, especially in political science, public policy and public administration who decide to undertake qualitative or interpretive research feel they are unqualified to do so. They express deep-seated confusion about the reliability and generalizability of data, results, and conclusions. In particular they feel that interpretive approaches lack the type of specialised training that has become commonplace in quantitative political science. The aim of this course is to redress this gap. We will equip students with a toolkit that will enable them to both conceptualise and execute an interpretive project.

CfA – Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences 2020

Linking Theory and Empirical Research

When: 20 – 30 July 2020

Where: Berlin, Germany

Who: Ann Swidler, David Stark, Donatella della Porta, Felix Berenskoetter, Hendrik Wagenaar and Vera Troeger

Venue: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

We are delighted to announce the 10th edition of the Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. The summer school aims at supporting young researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empirical research. The two-week program creates an excellent basis for the development of their current research designs.

In the first week, we address the key methodological challenges of concept-building, causation/explanation, and micro-macro linkage that occur in almost all research efforts. We strive for a clarification of the epistemological foundations underlying methodological paradigms. In the second week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of research in political science, sociology, and other related disciplines. In this second part of the program, participants are assigned to four thematic groups according to their own research topic. The thematic areas covered are: “Global Governance & International Relations”, “Citizenship, Migration, and Identities”, “Social Struggle and Globalization”, and “Democracy at the Crossroads” […]