IPSAMOOC: the joint venture IPSA – Federica Weblearning now on edX!

9 maggio 2018

Redazione Federica.euRedazione, Notizie dallo staff

We are very excited to announce that the joint venture IPSA – Federica Weblearning is now on edX, the leading nonprofit online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT.


Authored by some of the outstanding academics in the IPSA community, IPSAMOOC is a unique contribution to political scientists worldwide as well as to students of politics at large, providing open access to a highly qualified PS core curriculum. The courses are open to all and are free of charge. Certification is available on all courses for learners who successfully complete the content and assignments. A small fee is payable for issue of the certificate.

Introduction to Political Science

Five of these courses combine to form an edX XSeries programme, which offers learners a deeper understanding and a core qualification in key subjects in Political Science through a valuable XSeries certificate.




IPSA-Federica Summer School in Concept Analysis in the Web Environment

7 maggio 2018

Redazione Federica.euRedazione, Notizie dallo staff

The 1st edition of the IPSA Summer School on Concept Analysis in the Web environment will be held in Anacapri, the enchanting island in the gulf of Naples, Italy. The innovative workshop formula has already been successfully experimented in the annual workshop, held from 2008 to 2017 in the Ph.D. program in Political Science of the Institute of Human Sciences (SUM), then at the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) of Pisa.

This leading IPSA program provides advanced theoretical and practical training in methodology to its participants, based on the Hyperpolitics approach for concept analysis in political science. Hyperpolitics is a pioneering application of web 2.0 logic to create a Repository of Political Science Concepts. An academic ecosystem, comprising books (Calise and Lowi, University of Chicago Press, 2010), working platform (, hyperlinks and learning communities that defines concepts in terms of their relationship to other concepts.

The Summer School comprises two modules:

Module One: Online Course

  • Participants follow the online course Understanding Political Concepts, by Mauro Calise and Werner Patzelt, before the Summer School starts.
  • The course covers the theoretical framework of the Hyperpolitics methodology for concept formation, and enables anytime, anyplace learning at participants’ own pace.
  • A battery of integrated tests and assignments measure learning. Attendance and successful completion of the MOOC module is a prerequisite to admission on the residential module.


Module two: Residential workshop

  • During their stay at Villa Orlandi on the island of Capri, participants are invited to develop their own conceptual matrix, related to a specific concept chosen beforehand.
  • In the interactive laboratory sessions, course instructors are on hand to facilitate and guide students as they draft their own paper. Group discussion and feedback on all working papers, involving participants as well as guest Italian and foreign scholars, will pave the way for a final paper and a presentation of each concept definition at the end of the Summer School.


The format of the Summer School is an intensive and interactive workshop, therefore places are very limited and admission will be granted on a first-come first-served basis.


31st May 2018 – Applications close at midnight
10th June 2018 – Closing date for payment of registration fee

For further information on courses, instructors and to apply, please visit our website or write to