Austria, Vienna

Advanced Content Analysis

when 17 February 2013 - 22 February 2013
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS

Building upon the theoretical and methodological foundations laid during the 2012 ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques, this course will introduce students with advanced approaches to Exploratory, Dictionary-based, Qualitative and Quantitative Content Analysis. Advanced methods for analysing textual data such as, Semantic Network Analysis, Quantitative Narrative Analysis and Text-Mining, will also be taught. Measurement techniques, Corpus Construction and sampling strategies will be discussed with two specific aims: (a) How to address validation and reliability issues in Content Analysis? (b) How to reduce the risks of making unwarranted inferences from textual data? Students will be provided with textual data to apply models and techniques surveyed in the lectures but are strongly encouraged to bring their own documents (any type of text in digitised format) to practice on during lab sessions.

Course leader

Aude Bicquelet
London School of Economics and Political Science

Target group

Advanced students and junior researchers in political science and adjacent disciplines

Course aim

as above

Credits info

Participants have the opportunity to gain 2 ECTS credits from the University of Vienna for attending an Introductory or Advanced Courses (15 hours). Participants must successfully complete their course, and successfully complete their project assignment in order to obtain 2 ECTS credits – Transcripts will be sent to the participants by The University of Vienna.

For all courses being attended (Introductory, Advanced and/or Software Training Courses), participants also receive a certificate of attendance.

Certificates of accreditation (if applicable) as well as certificates of attendance are sent to the participants after the Winter School has ended, by the University of Vienna

Fee info

EUR 0: ECPR Member – €495
Non-ECPR Member – €690
ECPR Member who has attended the ECPR SSMT 2012* – €445
Non-ECPR Member who has attended the ECPR SSMT 2012* – €640
*There is a €50 loyalty discount deducted from all Introductory and Advanced Courses to participants who attended the 2012
Summer School in Methods and Techniques (SSMT) in Ljubljana (this discount does not apply to Software Training Courses).


Self funded students from ECPR member institutions will be able to apply for funding in the form of scholarship funds and travel and accommodation grants. Please use the following link for further information: