Summer School 2017

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

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

10th Edition, Summer 2017

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The Warsaw Summer School is a Study Abroad Program developed and administered by the Cross-National Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program – CONSIRT (consirt.osu.edu/) through the OSU Office of International Affairs. CONSIRT is a joint endeavor of The Ohio State University (the Departments of Sociology and Political Science) and the Polish Academy of Sciences (the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, and the Graduate School of Social Research). Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, Professor Emeritus, the Department of Sociology at OSU, is the Director of CONSIRT, as well as the Resident Director of the Warsaw Summer School. The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS – PAN) is the hosting institutions of the Warsaw Summer School.

The Warsaw Summer School is a unique, interdisciplinary, program that fully integrates training in quantitative research methods for the social sciences, students’ independent research, and training in comparative political, economic, and cultural aspects of CEE societies. Students will earn 12 semester credit hours for: SOC 3549: Statistics in Sociology (3 credit hours), (b) its application to studying social and political change in Central and Eastern Europe, subsumed by the SOC 4998: Undergraduate Research in Sociology (6 credit hours), and (c) SOC 5503 Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe (3 credit hours). In departments different than Sociology the Study Abroad course will be considered as equivalent of other similar courses if pre-approved by appropriate department.

The instructors of the Warsaw Summer School are Professor Kazmierz M. Slomczynski, Dr. Irina Tomescu-Dubrow and Dr. Joshua K. Dubrow from IFiS-PAN and CONSIRT. Both Dr. Tomescu-Dubrow and Dr. Dubrow have received their PhD degree from OSU.

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

June 12, 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 13, 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 at 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 14, 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: application to students’ research projects
14:00 – 15:30 – Lecture: Life under Communism, 1945 – 1989

June 15, 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 16, 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 17, Saturday: 10:30 – approx. 16:30 – Tour of Warsaw (faculty-led; Meeting Place: Lobby Hera)

June 18, Sunday: Free time
19:00 – Dinner. Meeting at TBA

June 19, 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 20, Tuesday: 10:00 – 13:30 – Individual Consultations/ Undergraduate Research
14:30 – 18:30 – Individual Consultations/ Undergraduate Research

June 21, Wednesday: 10:00 – 16:00 – Individual Consultations/ Undergraduate Research

June 22, 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

14:00 – 15:30 – Guest Lecture by Marcin Slarzynski on Right Wing Populism in Poland

Assignment no. 1 due

June 23, Friday: 10:00 – 12:00 – Undergraduate Research

June 23, Friday – June 25, Sunday: Trip to Lodz (Faculty-led); CEE Lectures; Symposium – Study Tour
Accommodation: Hotel Polonia

June 26, 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 – Guest Lecture by Dr. Anna Kiersztyn, “Crime in Poland”

June 27, 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

June 28, 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 by Nika Palaguta, “Ukraine and Populism”

June 29, 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 – Guest Lecture by Olga Zelinska and Yevhen Revtiuk, “Ukraine’s Maidan and the Politics of Energy in post-Soviet Countries”

June 30, 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 – Lecture in CEE TBA
15:35 – 17:00 – Undergraduate Research

July 1, Saturday – July 2 Sunday – Free Time

July 3, 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 – Trip to POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

July 4, Tuesday: 10:00 – 13:30 – Individual Consultations/ Undergraduate Research
14:30 – 18:30 – Individual Consultations/ Undergraduate Research

July 5, 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 – Lecture in CEE

July 6, 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 6 – July 9, Sunday: Krakow (Faculty-led) Instructional activities & timing TBA
Accommodation: Student Hotel Żaczek

July 10 Monday: 10:00 – 11:20 – Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences: Exam Review, Part III
11:30 – 12:45 – Exam Review, Part IV
14:00 – 15:30 – Undergraduate Research

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

July 12, Wednesday: 10:00 – 13:15 – Individual consultation & Undergraduate research
14:30 – 18:00 – Individual consultations & Undergraduate research

July 13, Thursday: 10:00 – 12:15 – Undergraduate research
12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch & Summary Session. Place TBA
13:30 – 18:30 – Undergraduate Research
July 14, Friday: 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 3, by 6 PM: Final Paper due, via email to Slomczynski.1@osu.edu.

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