We are very happy to confirm the 2021 edition of the Capri IPSA Summer School, Concept Analysis in the Web environment, jointly organised by IPSA and Federico II University. The event will be held online this year before returning to the wonderful island of Capri in 2022.

This leading IPSA program focuses on one of the fundamental challenges for political science: developing political science concepts. The theoretical framework and analytical tools that participants will use are based on the academic ecosystem called Hyperpolitics, which comprises books (Calise and Lowi, University of Chicago Press, 2010), working platform (www.hyperpolitics.net), hyperlinks and learning communities.

The Participants will develop their own matrices for Political Science concepts through an innovative mix of online learning and seminar activities. This formula is built on the consolidated and successful experience of Ph.D. programs in Political Science and previous IPSA International Summer Schools.

The Summer School comprises two modules

Module 1: Online course: Critical thinking through concept analysis

Participants follow the online course Understanding Political Concepts, by Mauro Calise and Werner Patzelt, published on edx, the Harvard&Mit MOOC Platform.

  • 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  to the second module.
  • 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 Web Learning (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: Online workshop: Develop your own conceptual framework

In the interactive laboratory sessions, course instructors are on hand to facilitate and guide students as they draft their own paper and navigate the authoritative online Political Science resources they will need. Group discussion and feedback on all working papers will pave the way for a final paper and a presentation of each concept definition at the end of the Summer School.

The workshop will be free of charge and will be structured as follows:

  • Session 1, Novembre 5-6. The team of professors will be on hard to explore the methodology and platform in depth, and to support participants in their choice of concept.
  • Session 2, December 3-4. Presentation, feedback and discussion of individual matrices. Mid-term dates for consultation with the professors and tutors will be arranged to discuss progress.

On completion of both modules of the Summer School, participants will be awarded a Certificate of participation.

A key event of the Summer School is the best paper award: 3 scholarships for a free place on the 2022 edition of the Residential Summer School on the island of Capri will go to authors of the best papers.

Applications for the Summer School must be presented before September 8, 2021. The Summer School is only open to a restricted number of participants so admission will also be on a first-come first-served basis.

The target audience is highly motivated young scholars with a political science background as a minimum requisite. Preference will be given to post-doctoral and doctoral students. The language of the IPSA Summer School is English.

To apply for a place, complete the pre-registration form below and remember to upload a recent CV. Successful applicants will be informed within a few days to receipt via e-mail.

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.