Welcome to the website for the 2020 Capri IPSA Summer School, Concept Analysis in the Web environment, jointly organised by IPSA and Federico II University. The event will be held on the island of Capri from 23rd to 26th September 2020.

This leading IPSA program provides advanced theoretical and practical training in methodology to its participants. This edition focuses on one of the fundamental challenges for political science: developing political science concepts. The theoretical framework and analytical tools provided are based on the Hyperpolitics approach. Hyperpolitics is a pioneering application of web 2.0 logic to create a Repository of Political Science Concepts. An academic ecosystem, comprising books (Calise and Lowi, University of Chicago Press, 2010), working platform (www.hyperpolitics.net), hyperlinks and learning communities that defines concepts in terms of their relationship to other concepts.

Participants will develop their own matrices for Political Science concepts through an innovative mix of online and onsite teaching. This formula is built on the consolidated and successful format of the annual workshop, held within the Ph.D. program in Political Science of the Institute of Human Sciences (SUM), then of the Institute of Human and Social Sciences (SNS) of the Scuola Normale di Pisa from 2008 to 2017. This 2020 edition forms part of the Ph.D program in Global History and Governance at the international Southern Higher School of Naples. 

The format and venue of this event are a perfect fit: the layout and flow of the picturesque Orlandi Villa and gardens reflecting the varied and fluid structure of the programme activities. With most of the theoretical input coming from the online MOOC component, the residential module focuses on application of the method and theory-building. The combination of comfortable study rooms, online workspaces, shady terraces and lawns, as well as mini lecture theatre, offers the perfect backdrop for the blend of formal and informal, individual and group reflection, discussion, tutoring and presentations that the Summer School offers. Work and relaxation merge over coffee and lunches served on the terrace.

The Summer School comprises two modules

Module 1: Online course

Participants follow the online course Understanding Political Concepts, by Mauro Calise and Werner Patzelt, before the Summer School starts.

  • The course covers the theoretical framework of the Hyperpolitics methodology for concept formation, and enables anytime, anyplace learning at participants’ own pace.
  • A battery of integrated tests and assignments measure learning. Attendance and successful completion of the MOOC module is a prerequisite to admission on the residential module.
  • An online remedial seminar will be offered should MOOC results fall below the required standard.
  • Registration and fee for this component are directly on the MOOC website.

FYI: The course Understanding Political Concepts forms part of the core curriculum of political science MOOCs (massive Open Online Courses) offered by Federica WebLearning (University of Naples Federico II) in conjunction with the International Political Science Association and edX, the leading global MOOC provider founded by Harvard & MIT.

Module 2: Residential workshop

During their stay at Villa Orlandi on the island of Capri, participants are  invited to develop their own conceptual matrix, related to a specific concept chosen beforehand.

  • In the interactive laboratory sessions, course instructors are on hand to facilitate and guide students as they draft their own paper. Group discussion and feedback on all working papers, involving participants as well as guest Italian and foreign scholars, will pave the way for a final paper and a presentation of each concept definition at the end of the Summer School.
  • the residential component also provides guided navigation through authoritative online Political Science resources which are indispensable to the development of concept matrices. The most valuable of these is the IPSAPortal, which provides a gateway to over 300 relevant reference sites for on-line research, complete with in-depth site evaluation and easy organization via main headings and abstracts.

The format of the Summer School is an intensive and interactive workshop, therefore places are very limited and admission will be granted on a first-come first-served basis.