Interdisciplinary Cross-National Studies (ICNS)

INTERDISCIPLINARY CROSS-NATIONAL STUDIES, ICNS

 

GSSR Specialization

 

In accordance with the report of the Committee on Education at the Scientific Council of the  Institute of Philosophy and Sociology (Polish Academy of Sciences), submitted on January 9, 2009, the Graduate School for Social Research introduces a new specialization for selected doctoral students, Interdisciplinary Cross-National Studies, ICNS. This specialization has been prepared in cooperation with the Cross-National Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program – CONSIRT, established by the Departments of Sociology and Political Science, The Ohio State University (DS OSU and DPS OSU, respectively) and the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, and the Graduate School of Social Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN and GSSR PAN, respectively). The aim of ICNS is to provide doctoral students with rigorous training in quantitative and qualitative cross-national studies and prepare them for new job opportunities on the academic and non-academic international labor market. As part of its four year program, ICNS exposes students to thorough training and first-hand research in social issues in cross-national perspective. Successful completion of the specialization leads to certification by IFiS – CONSIRT. Doctoral students within ICNS are expected to participate in the CONSIRT activities, including cross-national collaboration.

 

Basic regulations for ICNS

 

1. The admission of doctoral students to ICNS will occur at the beginning of students’ first academic year of study at GSSR.  However, at the inception of ICNS, doctoral students in their first two years of study can apply for this specialization.

 

2. ICNS specialization is limited to 6-10 new doctoral students per academic year.

 

3. All courses of ICNS are taught in English.

 

4. Doctoral students accepted to ICNS need to take the INCS required courses within their first two academic years at GSSR. The following two years are devoted to active participation in the seminar Interdisciplinary Cross-National Studies, and in research projects conducted by CONSIRT, and/or approved by CONSIRT.

 

5.  After completion of the four-year ICNS specialization, doctoral students will receive an IFiS – CONSIRT issued certificate.

 

6.  All other administrative issues of ICNS are regulated by the statute of GSSR, or will be solved by the Director of GSSR, in consultation with the Director of CONSIRT.

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY CROSS-NATIONAL STUDIES: REQUIRED COURSES

 

Courses to be taken during students’ first two academic years at GSSR

 

(a) Two-semester pro-seminar COMPARATIVE SOCIAL SCIENCES IN GLOBALIZING WORLD – 15 hours per semester (30 hours total).

To be taken during 1st academic year. 

 

(b) Two-semester RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND METHODS OF SOCIAL INQUIRY – 30 hours per semester  (60 hour total).

To be taken during 1st academic year.

 

(c) One semester BASIC STATISTICAL ANALYSIS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES (lecture and computer laboratory) – 30 hours per semester.

To be taken during 1st academic year.  In academic year 2009-2010, this course is listed in GSSR as “Research Methods.”

 

(d) One semester COMPARATIVE METHODS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES – 30 hours per semester.

To be taken during 1st or 2nd academic year.

 

(e) One semester THEORY OF SOCIETAL DIFFERENTIATION AND CHANGE – 30 hours.

To be taken during 1st or 2nd academic year.

 

(f) One semester ADVANCED STATISTICAL ANALYSIS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES (lecture and computer laboratory) – 45 hours per semester.

To be taken during 2nd academic year.

 

(g) One semester ADVANCED QUALITATIVE METHODS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES – 30 hours per semester.

To be taken during 2nd academic year.

 

(h) One semester SUBSTANTIVE COURSE IN COMPARATIVE APPROACHES IN SOCIAL SCIENCES – 30 hours per semester.

To be taken during 1st or 2nd academic year.  In academic year 2009-2010, this course is taught by Bielasiak in the 2nd Semester as “Approaches to Comparative Politics.”

 

(i) To fulfill the GSSR requirements regarding mandatory number of course-hours, students will chose appropriate elective courses offered by GSSR.

 

Courses to be taken during students’ third and fourth academic year at GSSR

 

(j) Seminar INTERDISCIPLINARY CROSS-NATIONAL STUDIES – 30 hours per year. To be taken during 3rd and 4th academic year.

 

(k) Participation in projects conducted by CONSIRT and/or approved by CONSIRT.

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