Courses were offered in a variety of quantitative and qualitative fields:

1.         Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and related methods (Professor Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Philipps University Marburg)

2.         Mixed methods design (Prof. Max Bergman, University of Basel)

3.         Analyzing cross-national data sets with multivariate techniques (Prof. Bruno Cautrès, Sciences Po, Paris)

4.         Behavioral games and strategies in politics (Prof. Rebecca Morton, New York University)

5.         Quantitative textual analysis (Prof. Iñaki Sagarzazu, Nuffield College, University of Oxford)

6.         Confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling: Cross cultural analysis with the European social survey (ESS) (Prof. Prof. Peter Schmidt, University of Giessen)

7.         Multiple regression analysis (Prof. Guy Whitten, Texas A&M University)

8.         Case study methodology – small-n research designs (Prof. Derek Beach, University of Aarhus, Denmark)

9.         Techniques for analyzing public opinion for political and economic decision makers (Prof. Clifford Young, IPSOS-Washington)

10.       A Practical Introduction to Bayesian Statistical Modeling (Prof. Simon Jackman, Stanford University)

For the first time, Professors Lorena G. Barberia, Glauco Peres da Silva and Fernando Guarnieri from the University of São Paulo taught a one-week refresher course in mathematics and statistics in the week preceding the Summer School. The course provided basic training in mathematical concepts and statistics to prepare students for the courses offered in the IPSA Summer School 2012.

Students met each day for classes in their specific courses, with many instructors lecturing in the morning hours and then conducting computer labs, group exercises, or study sessions in the afternoons.

Students were also invited to participate in four informational sessions during lunch times, on the subjects of “Careers Outside of Academia”; “Visiting Scholar and Post Doc Positions Abroad”; “Graduate Studies Abroad”; and, “Publication Strategies.” These proved to be quite popular among the students, and led to spirited question and answer periods.

Parallel with, and complimentary to the Summer School, the International Seminar program in the late afternoons served as a useful form of outreach, by which instructors and Brazilian faculty working on related questions presented their research findings to the broader university community. It also served as a useful means of introducing students to other instructors’ research and methods. In 2012, two seminars were devoted to examining “Voting and elections”, one seminar was focused on examining “The state of the discipline” and one seminar on “Globalization and the economic crisis”. The International Seminar program was very popular, bringing together both Summer School students and the local academic community in numbers that frequently surpassed 100 people. Full video of the information and seminar sessions were recorded and became available at the School website.