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.
We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Oxford Spring School will take place 19-23 March 2018.
The two main courses in the 2018 Oxford Spring School will be:
1) Casual Inference
2) Spatial Data and Analysis
Further information will be made available shortly. We aim to open applications in early December 2017, with applications due in January 2018.
Spring School 2017
Information about the most recent Oxford Spring School course in March 2017:
The programme consisted of a variety of advanced courses, which placed the different qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques within broader disciplinary trends towards mixed-methods research designs.
In the morning, participants chose 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 chose up to two additional classes from a list of 2 and 3-day courses, including Process Tracing, Spatial Analysis, Data Visualisation, and Forecasting. Courses were relevant for quantitative and qualitative researchers. For example, qualitative approaches are increasingly acknowledged as key to crafting persuasive identification strategies for causal inference. Instructors emphasised the mixed-methods philosophy underlying our courses, and the use of these techniques in different types of research designs.