Syllabus: Graduate Students

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Syllabus: Graduates

2008

697 Study at a Foreign Institution (12 Credit Hours)

Central and Eastern Europe in Comparative Perspective: Assessing Social and Political Change

Summer 2008

As part of this course, students will engage in (a) four weeks of intensive training and research in Warsaw, Poland (July 3rd – July 31st 2008), and (b) individual Internet/personal consultations with the instructor upon their return to OSU (August 8th – August 18th)

Instructors:   Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow, and Irina Tomescu-Dubrow

Office Hours:   Tuesday & Thursday 1:30-3:30

Email:    slomczynski.1@sociology.osu.edu, dubrow.2@osu.edu, tomescu.1@sociology.osu.edu

Voice messages:                                (614) 292-8078

Mailbox:                                            301 Bricker Hall  

Time & Location: Computer Labs:   10:00 – 11:15, Palac Staszica, Room 201b, 164, 122

Seminars/Individual Consultations:    11:30 – 12:45, Palac Staszica, Room 211

Seminars/Lectures:                             14:30 – 16:00, Palac Staszica, Room 154  

Computer Room (internet access):      Rooms 122/124, 200a, 201 

Goals 

This course is designed to achieve two objectives. The first objective is to engage students in cross-national research devoted to Central and Eastern Europe as it contrasts with the West. Students will be encouraged to write a comprehensive thematic term paper that may be developed in the form of an article, thesis, or dissertation. Those students who are involved in research in an already developed project may use their analyses to write a paper from a cross-national perspective. 

The second objective of the course is to give students a comprehensive understanding of the quantitative methods of cross national research.  In particular, the course will include training in using multi-level analyses in which persons are “nested” in countries.  These analyses will be based on the European Social Survey.

Readings 

Basic: Packet distributed in Warsaw

Rabe-Hesketh, Sophia  and Anders Skronda. 2008. Multilevel and Longitudinal Modeling Using Stata. 2nd Edition. Stata Press.

Additional

Bryk, Anthony S., and Stephan W. Raudenbush. 1992. Hierarchical Linear Models: Applications and Data Analysis Methods. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Snijders, Tom A.B., and Roel J. Bosker. 1999. Multilevel Analysis: An Introduction to Basic and Advanced Multilevel Modeling. London: Sage Publishers

Course Requirements

Class participation (20% of the grade). 

(a)    One part of class participation consists of writing peer-reviews of other participants’ papers.  

        (b) You will also be asked to discuss the main research questions, the research tradition behind the work, the data and methods used, of selected published papers.

 

A final term paper (80% of the grade).  The paper should be an in-depth research note that includes data analysis. It is meant to be a first version of the article intended for publication.

You need to complete the final version of your term paper no later than August 20th 2008 (last day of classes for the 2007/2008 Summer quarter at OSU, main campus), and send it in electronically to slomczynski.1@sociology.osu.edu.

Course Outline

The dates that are provided here are tentative and could change depending on how this class proceeds.  Any changes in dates will be announced in class.  You are responsible for finding out about any announcements made in class and recitation. 

July 2, Wednesday:  

6:00 – 17:00 –  Arrival (You will be met at the airport; transport to the Hotel Hera; short orientation meeting with Summer School organizers)   

July 3,Thursday: 

11:00 – 12:00  – Introductory meeting.

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch (PANKLUB) 

14:00 – 15:15 – Opening of the conference Sociological Surveys of Public Opinion in Central and Eastern Europe (Room 200)

15:30 – 16:15 – Conference session: European Social Survey 

19:00 Dinner

July 4, Friday: 

10:00 – 12:30 Sociological Surveys of Public Opinion in Central and Eastern Europe: Polish Panel Survey, POLPAN, 1988-2008 (Room 200)

14:00 – 16:00 – Sociological Surveys of Public Opinion in Central and Eastern Europe: Archiving Public Opinion Data

 

 

July 5, Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00 – Tour of Warsaw. Cultural Activities. 

July 6, Sunday: 10:00 – 18:30 – Visit to the city of Kazimierz 

 

July 7, Monday: 

10:00 – 11:15  Computer Lab: Exploration of ESS data set. Identifying variables of interest( I)              

11:30 – 12:45 – Seminar

14:30 – 16:00 – Historical Context of Central and East European Communism 

July 8, Tuesday: 

10:00 – 11:15 – Computer Lab: Exploration of ESS data set. Identifying variables of interest (II)   

11:30  – 12:45 – Seminar

14:30 – 16:00 – Visit to the European Union Office in Warsaw

19:00 Dinner  
 
July 9, Wednesday: 

9:00 – 12:00 – University of Warsaw. Palac Kazimierzowski, Brudzinski Room 

14:30 – 16:00 – Social and Political Change after 1989: from Where to Where 

July 10, Thursday: 

10:00 – 11:15 – Computer Lab: Examining contrasts between EE countries and the rest 

11:30  – 12:45 – Seminar

14:30 – 16:00 – Class Divisions and Structured Inequality 

 

July 11, Friday (departure time, Warsaw Main Train Station 12:00 PM) – July 13, Sunday (departure time, Krakow train station: 16:45 (4:45 PM).  Visit to the city of Krakow 

 

July 14, Monday: 

10:00 – 11:15 – Computer Lab

11:30  – 12:45 – Seminar

14:30 – 16:00 – Institutional Attitudes related to Politics, the State, and the Catholic Church 

July 15, Tuesday: 

10:00 – 11:15 – Computer Lab

11:30  – 12:45 – Seminar

13:00 – 13:45 Lunch 

*14:30 – 16:00 – Visit to NGOs, and/or to the University of Warsaw. International Conference on Eastern Europe 

July 16, Wednesday: 

10:00 – 11:15 – Computer Lab

11:30  – 12:45 – Seminar

*12:45 – 18:00 – Visit to the University of Warsaw.  International Conference on Eastern Europe 

July 17, Thursday: 

10:00 – 11:15 – Computer Lab 

11:30  – 12:45 – Seminar

14:30 – 16:00 – Guest lecture: Crime and Society (Dr. Anna Kiersztyn)

July 18, Friday: 

10:00 – 11:15 – Computer Lab 

11:30  – 12:45 – Seminar 

14:30 – 16:00 – Guest Lecture: Professor Krzysztof Zagorski “Change in the Meritocratic Allocation of Goods in Poland”   More information on his “Inversely Proportional Index of Wealth” (IPIW) can be found in the following citation:  Zagorski, Krzysztof.  2005.  “Lifecycle Objective and Subjective Living Standards and Life Status: New Indexes Building and Applications, Poland 1992 – 2004” in Excellence in International Research, edited by Deborah Fellows.  Esomar: Amsterdam.

July 19, Saturday: Free time 

July 20, Sunday: 10:30-19:00 – Trip to the city of Lodz  

July 21, Monday: 

11:30  – 12:45 – Seminar

14:30 – 16:00 – Meet with Professor Tadeusz Krauze.

July 22, Tuesday: 

10:00 – 11:15 – Computer Lab 

11:30  – 12:45 – Seminar 

*12:45 – 13:30 Lunch 

14:30 – 16:00 – Visit to UNDP Poland

July 23, Wednesday: 

10:00 – 11:15 – Computer Lab 

11:30  – 12:45 – Seminar 

14:30 – 16:00 – Democracy and Democratic Values

July 24, Thursday: 

10:00 – 11:15 – Computer Lab 

11:30  – 12:45 – Seminar 

14:30 – 16:00 – Group Discussions of Work in Progress

July 25, Friday: 

10:00 – 11:15 – Lecture by Professor Henryk Domanski

11:30  – 12:45 – Seminar 

14:30 – 16:00 – Group Discussions of Work in Progress 

 

July 26, Saturday: Free time 

July 27, Sunday: Free time 

July 28, Monday: 

10:00 – 11:15 – Computer Lab 

11:30 – 12:45 – Seminar

*14:30 – 16:00 – Meeting with OSCE’s Human Rights division

July 29, Tuesday: 

10:00 – 11:15 – Computer Lab 

12:30 – 13:30 – Lecture by Professor Krystyna Janicka

*14:30 – 16:00 – Discussion of Individual Projects

 

19:00 Dinner 

July 30, Wednesday: 

11:00 – 12:30 – Summary Session.

 

August 19, Tuesday, by 4 PM: Final Paper due, via email to Slomczynski.1@sociology.osu.edu

 

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