Tag: social sciences

Apps for higher ed (part 2): Lectures and resources

Weekend ahead! So time to fill time with some educational materials on your mobile devices. At the time where massive online open courses are on the rise and there is increased focus on available free resources online, we thought we would follow up our post on apps for information/data on higher ed with a glance on available apps that provide access to lectures and courses – preferably related to social sciences in a broad sense.

Should be noted that it is a pity some of the major MOOC providers – Coursera, Udacity and MITx/EdX have not expanded activities to well functioning apps this far.We found some information about a Coursera app here, but the app does not seem to be found on iTunes (if you know an app for these – please let us know in the comments!)

Of course, any additional tips on apps you prefer and have found useful are extremely welcome in the comments!

iTunes U

Overview and benefits: Basically what the name says. The app links to a database of hundreds of courses and lecture series that are downloadable for viewing. Ranging from audio recordings to professionally produced video recordings from sessions at seminars and conferences, the app offers a great variety of available themes and topics. However, the production quality of the courses and lectures varies greatly. Nevertheless one of our favourites, there are a number of very interesting lecture series available in social sciences.

Drawbacks: varied recording quality, and that this is of course iProduct, Apple only. However, for Android users, not all hope is gone, Tunesviewer makes all this available on Android devices (preferably Android version 2.2 and later) and even on Linux computers!

Social science research methods event in Oxford

National Centre for Research Methods in UK is hosting the 5th Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Research Methods Festival, at the St Catherine’s College in Oxford. The event takes place on 2-5 July 2012. This event features a number of keynote lecturers on various social science methods topics, and 4 days of sessions on various research methods topics.

You can download the programme (.pdf) here. It is also possible to only attend selected days of the event, and  there is a specialized PhD poster session.  For more information, view the event homepage.  

Main themes for  the event include:

  • The interface between social and natural sciences
  • Methodological innovations
  • Mixed and multimodal methods
  • Career and skills development
  • Interventions and evaluations

Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Sciences

The course catalogue for Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Sciences has been launched! The courses last for one week each and will take place over a two week period in July 2012. The first set of courses takes place 23 July – 27 July 2012, and second set between  30 July – 3 August 2012.

The courses are targeted towards PhD students who have an interest in comparative social science, however – they also accept participants who are not currently enrolled in a PhD programme (e.g. master students in their final stage, professionals) if there is capacity.

The 2012 course catalogue has a variety of social science courses, focused on economics, public policy, sociology and methods of inquiry amongst else. The full list of courses for 2012 can be found here.

In order to apply you need to follow three steps:

  1. Online application form
  2. A letter of recommendation (from your educational and/or research institution)
  3. A statement of motivation / statement of purpose (max 1 page)

Please note that there is limited availability, so apply as soon as possible! Read more about application procedures here.

Please note that the courses have a tuition fee, you can find more information about the fee here.

QS rankings by subject – social sciences now out!

The  QS World University Rankings has earlier this year published subject specific rankings on natural sciences, arts and humanities, technology and engineering, and life sciences and medicine.

The latest edition of the subject specific rankings includes social sciences. With this latest edition, in total 26 different disciplines have been examined, and the social sciences block includes subjects such as Accounting and Finance, Economics, Law, Politics and International Studies, Statistics and Operational Research, and Sociology.

The methodology is focused on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research citations, indicating that a large part of the rankings is focused on reputational aspects. To what extent this is a good indicator of actual quality will of course always be a debate, as is the case with most ranking methodologies. The methodology has also been slightly different from the other rankings, as the employer reputation has been given more weight in social sciences, due to the significant labour market focus of these disciplines (e.g. Law and Accounting).