Syllabus 2015

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5797 Study at a Foreign Institution (12 Semester Credit Hours)

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

8th Edition, Summer 2015

SOC 3549 and SOC 4998

Instructors: Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, Irina Tomescu-Dubrow and Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:30 and by appointment
Email: slomczynski.1@osu.edu, tomescu.1@osu.edu, dubrow.2@osu.edu
Voice messages: Warsaw: (22) 657 2755, Columbus: (614) 292-8078
Mailbox: Warsaw: Palac Staszica, Room 211, Columbus: 238 Townshend

Time & Location: 10:00 –11:10, Palac Staszica, Room 164/154
11:30 – 12:45, Palac Staszica, Room 124
16:00 – 18:00, Palac Staszica, Room 164 /154
Computer Room (internet access): 124, 201

Goals

Within the integrated package that the Warsaw Summer School offers, the specific learning goals of SOC 3549 and SOC 4998 are:

First, teaching students how to employ quantitative methods in social sciences to get an in-depth understanding of social and political change in CEE. Relying on the Polish Panel Survey 1988-2008 (POLPAN), you will learn how to apply basic concepts in statistics to substantive problems of the post-communist transformation in Poland using the Statistical Package STATA. By the end of the stats course, you will know:

– How to use STATA for data analysis;
– How to describe variables (distribution shapes, central tendencies, range and dispersion of single variables);
– How to assess relationships between variables (cross-tabulation, correlation, linear regression, comparisons of summary statistics across groups);
– How to interpret research findings (samples and populations, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, understanding “statistical significance”).

Second, you will learn how to develop your own research paper on a substantive issue of your choice dealing with the post-communist transformation. As part of independent research you will get a comprehensive understanding of research strategies suitable for comparative analyses, and will work closely with faculty of the Warsaw Summer School while designing and carrying out your own project.

SOC 5503

Instructors for SOC 5503: Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow and faculty from IFiS PAN
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:30 and by appointment
Email: dubrow.2[at]osu.edu
Phone: Warsaw: 48 (22) 657 2755
Mailbox: Warsaw: Palac Staszica, Room 211
Times & Locations: See Course Outline

Description of SOC 5503

Within the integrated package that the Warsaw Summer School offers, the learning goals specific to SOC 5503 are:

a) Gain in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE);
b)  Enable students to develop their research projects for SOC 4998;
c) Encourage students to extend their learning beyond the classroom environment.

In achieving these learning goals, SOC 5503 embraces the uniqueness of OSU Study Abroad by fully integrating students’ personal experiences in Eastern Europe with the main topics of study. For example, in addition to lectures and multimedia materials on how World War Two and the Cold War impacted Polish society, you will participate in the interactive Museum of the Warsaw Uprising and visit key WWII and Communist-era places and monuments in three Polish cities (Warsaw, Krakow and Lodz); you will see first-hand Stalinist buildings and the Socialist Realist art adorning them to get a feel of the Communist-era art and architecture; you will engage with businesses and academic and political institutions and their people to make sense of the effects that post-Communism and European Union membership have had on economics, education and politics in CEE generally, and Poland specifically.

Course Outline (SOC 3549, SOC 4998 & SOC 5503)

June 15, Monday: 8:00 – 14:00 – Arrival You will be met at the airport; transport to the Hotel Hera.
16:00 – 18:00 Undergraduate Research; Orientation Meeting. (Meeting Place: Lobby Hera)

June 16, Tuesday: 10:00 – 11:20 – Populations and Samples, Variables and their Values, Organizing the Data, I Room 164
READINGS: ESSR, Organizing the Data
11:30 – 12:45 – Populations and Samples, Variables and their
Values, Organizing the Data, II: application to students’ research projects Room 122
12:45 – 13:45 – Lunch. IFiS
14:00 – 15:30 – World War Two and the Introduction of Communism in CEE Room 164
15:35 – 17:30 – Undergraduate Research: Practical Orientation

June 17, Wednesday: 10:00 – 11:20 – Measures of Central Tendency, I
READINGS: ESSR, Measures of Central Tendency
11:30 – 12:45 – Measures of Central Tendency, II
14:00 – 15:30 – Lecture: Life under Communism, 1945 – 1989

June 18, Thursday: 10:00 – 11:20 – Measures of Variability, I
READINGS: ESSR, Measures of Variability
11:30 – 12:45 – Measures of Variability, II: application to students’ research projects
14:00 – 18:00 – CEE: Warsaw Uprising Museum (faculty-led; Meeting Place: Entry Hall, IFiS)

June 19, Friday: 10:00 – 11:20 – Probability Distributions, I
READINGS: ESSR, Probability and the Normal Curve
11:30 – 12:45 – Probability Distributions, II: application to students’ research projects
14:00 – 15:30 – Lecture: Transition from Communism to Post-Communism in CEE

June 20, Saturday: 10:30 – approx. 16:30 – Tour of Warsaw (faculty-led; Meeting Place: Lobby Hera)

June 21, Sunday: Free time
19:00 – Dinner. Meeting at TBA

June 22, Monday: 10:00 – 11:20 – Statistical Inference, Significance Tests, I
READINGS: ESSR, Samples and Populations
11:30 – 12:45 – Statistical Inference, Significance Tests, I: application to students’ research projects
*14:00 – 15:00 – Presentation by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

June 23, Tuesday: 10:00 – 13:30 – Individual Consultations/ Undergraduate Research
14:30 – 18:30 – Individual Consultations/ Undergraduate Research

June 24, Wednesday: 10:00 – 16:00 – Individual Consultations/ Undergraduate Research

June 25, Thursday: 10:00 – 11:20 –Testing Differences between Means, I
READINGS: ESSR, Testing Differences between Means;
11:30 – 12:45 – Testing Differences between Means, II application to students’ research projects; Assignment no. 1 due
14:00 – 15:30 – CEE Lecture

June 26, Friday: 10:00 – 12:00 – Undergraduate Research

June 26, Friday – June 28, Sunday: Trip to Lodz (Faculty-led); CEE Lectures; Symposium – Study Tour
Accommodation: Hotel Polonia

June 29, Monday: 10:00 – 11:20 – ANOVA, I
READINGS: ESSR, Analysis of Variance
11:30 – 12:45 – ANOVA, II: application to students’ research projects
14:00 – 15:30 – CEE Lecture: The Roma in Central and Eastern Europe

June 30, Tuesday: 10:00 – 11:20 – Measures of Association; Contingency Tables, I
11:30 – 12:45 – Measures of Association; Contingency Tables, II
14:00- 17:00 Undergraduate Research

July 1, Wednesday: 10:00 – 11:20 – Correlation and Regression, A-I
READINGS: ESSR, Correlation
11:00 –12:45 – Correlation and Regression, A-II; application to students’ research projects
Assignment no. 2 due.
14:00 – 15:00 – Guest Lecture: Peter Tunkis, The Ohio State University, “Parties and Euroscepticism in Eastern Europe”

June 2, Thursday: 10:00 – 11:20 – Correlation and Regression, B-I
READINGS: ESSR, Regression Analysis
11:00 –12:45 – Correlation and Regression, BII: application to students’ research projects
14:00 – 15:30 – Social and Political Changes in CEE, 1989 to Present

July 3, Friday: 10:00 – 11:20 –Advanced Statistical Analysis, A-I
11:30 – 12:45 – Advanced Statistical Analysis, A-II: application to students’ research projects
12:45 – 13:45 – Lunch. Place TBA
14:00 – 15:30 – Guest Lecture: Anastas Vangeli, “China – Eastern Europe Relations since 1989”
15:35 – 17:00 – Undergraduate Research

July4, Saturday – July 5, Sunday – Free Time

July 6, Monday: 10:00 – 11:20 – Advanced Statistical Analysis, B-I
11:30 – 12:45 – Advanced Statistical Analysis, B-II: application to students’ research projects
14:00 – 15:30 – Guest Lecture: Sarah Grunberg, “Race in Poland”

July 7, Tuesday: 10:00 – 13:30 – Individual Consultations/ Undergraduate Research
14:30 – 18:30 – Individual Consultations/ Undergraduate Research

July 8, Wednesday: 10:00 – 11:20 – Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences: Summary.
Assignment no. 3 due.
11:30 – 12:45 – Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences: Exam Review, Part I
14:00 – 15:30 – Guest Lecture CEE: Dr. Anna Kierstyn, “Crime in Poland”

July 9, Thursday: 10:00 – 12:45 – Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences: Exam Review, Part II
Departure to Krakow – Meet in the Entry Hall of IFiS. Time TBA.

July 9 – July 12, Sunday: Krakow (Faculty-led) Instructional activities & timing TBA
Accommodation: Student Hotel Żaczek

July 13, Monday: 10:00 – 11:20 – Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences: Exam Review, Part III
Assignment no. 3 due.
11:30 – 12:45 – Exam Review, Part IV
14:00 – 15:30 – Undergraduate Research

July 14, Tuesday: 10:00 – 11:15 – Exam
13:00 – 18:30 – Undergraduate Research
18:30 Dinner; Meeting Place TBA

July 15, Wednesday: 10:00 – 13:15 – Individual consultation & Undergraduate research
14:30 – 18:00 – Individual consultations & Undergraduate research

July 16, Thursday: 10:00 – 12:15 – Undergraduate research
12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch & Summary Session. Place TBA
13:30 – 18:30 – Undergraduate Research
First Version of Final Paper due

August 5, by 6 PM: Final Paper due, via email to Slomczynski.1@osu.edu.

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