Campus euro-américain et Europe-Afrique, Reims
broad philosophies of research design : quantitative, qualitative, and interpretive. It addresses the aims, strengths and weaknesses of each of these approaches through three connected approaches : Lectures presenting the fundamentals of each research strategy ; Group work applying lecture contents to speciﬁc research questions chosen by the students ; Interactive debates with Sciences Po faculty working in each of these traditions about how they have designed their own research. The course will equip participants with the necessary skills to critically assess the research design of existing studies and enable them to design research projects of their own. It is well-suited both to students new to methodological debates related to academic research, and those who seek to deepen previously acquired knowledge on research methods Required reading : to be deﬁned.
Teachers : to be deﬁned. Pedagogical format : Seminar Course Description : The recent data deluge has been met with strong reactions. Commercial opportunity vs. assault on privacy ; pathway to scientiﬁc breakthroughs vs. threats to public liberties ; methodological revolution vs. latest commercial fad in the public sphere just like in academia, “big data” have become a rallying cry for both the proponents of the “data revolution” and their critics. Rather than directly taking side in these ongoing controversies, this course offers to concretely assess the relevance of digital methods by promoting a hands-on approach. The course is then twofold, as it meshes a presentation of data management techniques with a reﬂection on their production and their potential use. Based on simple examples, it will teach how the web written (and how to crawl it), how to extract relevant information from a series of ﬁles (and reﬂect on what is lost in the process), how to deal with the mass of data (and explain how this abundance affect our ways of thinking). Motivation, but no prior qualiﬁcation in computer science is requested. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
WINTER SCHOOL 4 : DIGITAL METHODS FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English