ANU Online Winter Courses in Political Analysis


Date & time

Mon 12 Jul 2021, 2.30pm – Thu 15 Jul 2021, 8.30pm



ANU Online Winter Courses in Political Analysis 

12-15 July

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 July 2021, we are hosting two short online in Political Analysis. 

    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

    Our courses

    This time, we are offering two courses; one advanced and one foundational taught by Professor Ken Benoit and Dr Patrick Leslie. 

    Introduction to Political Text Analysis

    This course surveys methods for systematically extracting quantitative information from political text for social scientific purposes, starting with classical content analysis and dictionary based methods, to classification methods, and state-of-the-art scaling methods and topic models for estimating quantities from text using statistical techniques. The course lays a theoretical foundation for text analysis but mainly takes a very practical and applied approach, so that students learn how to apply these methods in actual research. [Instructor: Prof. Ken Benoit]

    This 4-day course runs live online from 12-15 July, 18:00-20:30 (AEST)

    Foundations of Statistical Analysis in Political Science

    The aim of this course is to provide students with an accessible introduction to the fundamentals of quantitative political science research. The course will be focused on understanding types of data; data visualization; bivariate statistical methods (t tests, chisquared tests, correlation); and multivariate statistical methods (simple and multiple regression). [Instructor: Dr. Patrick Leslie]

    This 4-day course runs live online from 12-15 July, 14:30-17:00 (AEST)

    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. 

    Each course comprises:

    • 4 half-day sessions; 10 hrs contact time; 21 hrs total study) — A$600


    LINK TO BOOKING/PAYMENT  Registration has now closed. Late bookings may be arranged under some circumstances, please contact the Director Pat Leslie (

    (ANU Students will recieve a 20% discount. Students from the ANU Research School of Social Sciences please contact to arrange payment)

    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.

    For further information please contact Dr Pat Leslie, Director of the SPIR Short Courses in Political Analysis Program (

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