ANU Online Summer School in Political Analysis (SSPA)
February 1st - 18th 2021
Advanced and foundational studies in political analysis and research methods. Hosted by the Australian National University’s School of Politics & International Relations (SPIR).
Research training for tomorrow's world
2021 sees the global community facing significant challenges — politically, economically, socially and environmentally. It’s a world that’s fraught with uncertainty, but it’s also a future that will rely on the expertise of academics and professionals in political science to help navigate the road ahead. That's why, in February 2021, the School of Politics and IR will host a fully online summer school in Political Analysis. We will provide a sequenced combination of foundational and advanced short-course topics focused on methods in political science.
Who should take part?
The SSPA has been created to meet the needs of….
- University graduates pursuing or seeking to pursue PhD degrees in political science at ANU and other Australian universities
- International political science graduates pursuing or seeking to pursue advanced studies or enhance their skills and employability in political analysis
- Professional political science researchers in academia and policy organisations
See the Program tab for more details on the contents of each course.
Small cost, big benefit
Each course has been designed to deliver a fully interactive and informative learning experience that will make an invaluable contribution to your academic or professional development — and at a cost that should prove a sound investment for you or your institution to make.
The SSPA comprises:
- Courses that cover the fundamentals of political science (6 half-day sessions; 15 hrs contact time; 32 hrs total study) — A$900
- Courses that cover advanced topics across the discipline (4 half-day sessions; 10 hrs contact time; 21 hrs total study) — A$600
ANU Summer School in Political Analysis Timetable*
|Week 1 (Feb 1 - Feb 5)||Week 2 (Feb 8 - Feb 12)||Week 3 (Feb 15 - Feb 18)|
|AM session (9:30-12:00)||Foundations of Research Design (FC1)||AM session (9:30-12:00)||FC1||Longitudinal Analysis (AC1)||AM session (9:30-12:00)||Political Survey Design (AC4)|
|Bayesian Statistics (AC5)|
|PM session (13:00-15:30)||Foundations of Statistical Analysis (FC2)||PM session (13:00-15:30)||FC2||Critical Discourse Analysis (AC2)||PM session (13:00-15:30)||Time Series Cross Section (AC6)|
|Experimental Methods (AC3)|
|Evening Session (18:00-20:30)||Evening Session (18:00-20:30)||Evening Session (18:00-20:30)||Political Text Analysis (AC7)|
|*Please note that courses may not be taken concurrently. Please ensure that your chosen courses do not clash before registering.|
Teaching quant with R
R is a free and increasingly common statistical computing tool for political science researchers. Unless stated otherwise, quantitative courses in our summer school are taught using R. Keeping our course stack within R eliminates unnecessary cost in training and equipping students, while at the same time streamlining course progression.