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Concepts and Conceptualization: Building Blocks of Social Science (RSS1.17) - Closed

Concepts are fundamental building blocks of social science research. However, they are also contested, difficult to construct, and subject to change. This one-week summer course provides participants with an introduction to the role of concepts in theories, methods, and research design.

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    Starting date

    17 June 2024, 9 am
    Educational method
    On-site
    Main Language
    English
    Sessions
    17 June 2024, 9 am - 21 June 2024, 5 pm
    Unique code
    RSS1.17

    Factsheet

    Type of education
    Course
    Entry requirements
    See the requirements in cost and admission
    Study load (ECTS)
    2
    Result
    Certificate
    Organisation
    Radboud Summer School

    Startdate: 17 June 2024, 9 am - 21 June 2024, 5 pm
    ECTS credits: 2 ECTS. For more information see credits and certificate.

    Course Programme

    Concepts are fundamental building blocks of social science research. They are our ‘basic units of thinking’, provide insights into shared social realities, inform our theoretical arguments and guide our case selection strategies. However, they are also contested, difficult to construct, elucidate, operationalize or measure, and subject to change over time and space. 

    This course provides participants with an introduction to the role of concepts in theories, methods, and research design. It does so from a pluralist vantage point and provides insights into both classical concept formation approaches as well as ‘experience-near’ concepts. It addresses fundamental issues of the ontology, semantics and formation of concepts in social science research. 

    Building on key social science concepts as well as participant’s topical interests, we will discuss different types of concepts and concept structures as well as how to judge the validity or credibility of concepts. To do so the course takes an applied perspective and makes use of participative and experiential learning tools to engage participant’s imagination and creativity. 

    The course is structured as follows: each day will start off with a two hour lecture in the morning, followed by a participant-centred session in the afternoon, which applies the theme of the day to participant’s own research projects. 

    • Day 1: Introduction & philosophical perspective 
    • Day 2: Type of concepts 
    • Day 3: Concept structures 
    • Day 4: Experience-near concepts 
    • Day 5: Goodness of fit

    To make the most of the course, participants are expected to submit a pre-course assignment based on their own topical interests, present their research project in class, and to hand in one additional assignment during the course.

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    Saskia P. Ruth-Lovell

    Saskia P. Ruth-Lovell
     

    Saskia P. Ruth-Lovell is an Associate Professor of Resilient Democracy at the Department of Political Science, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She holds a degree in Latin American studies and a PhD in political science from the University of Cologne, Germany. 

    In her research she specializes on comparative politics, clientelism, populism and Latin American studies. She has published articles, among others, in The Journal of Politics, the European Journal of Political Research and Latin American Politics and Society.

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    • Regular: €1049 (application deadline 1st of May)
    • Student & PhD's: €699 (application deadline 1st of May)

    Includes: your course, short morning and late afternoon courses, coffee and tea during breaks, a warm lunch every day, Official Opening, MethodsNET Café (including some drinks and snacks) Official Closing (with some drinks and snacks) and a 1-year (2024 calendar year) free membership as MethodsNET regular member.

    Excludes: transport, accommodation, social events and other costs. 

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    Admission

    Level of participant: 

    • Master
    • PhD
    • Postdoc
    • Professional

    Admission requirements: Participants should prepare a pre-course assignment, a short presentation of their own research, as well as an assignment during the course based on their own research. Participants are expected to prepare the course readings assigned to each session before class and to participate in in-class exercises.

    Admission documents: None

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