About Oxford Spring School
The Oxford Spring School is a week-long course held in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. It offers graduate students and researchers from universities across the UK and aboard a unique venue to learn cutting-edge methods in Political Science.
The 2017 edition of the Oxford Spring School will take place from Monday 27 March to Friday 31 March.
The programme consists of a variety of advanced courses, which place the different qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques within broader disciplinary trends towards mixed-methods research designs.
In the morning, participants can choose between two 5-day courses on two sets of increasingly popular and influential methods/techniques in the discipline: Social Network Analysis, and Causal Inference.
In the afternoon, participants can choose up to two additional classes from a list of 2 and 3-day courses, including Process Tracing, Spatial Analysis, Data Visualisation, and Forecasting. Courses are relevant for quantitative and qualitative researchers. For example, qualitative approaches are increasingly acknowledged as key to crafting persuasive identification strategies for causal inference. Instructors emphasise the mixed-methods philosophy underlying our courses, and the use of these techniques in different types of research designs.