University of Oxford, Nuffield College – Introduction to Experiments Course 1

Please apply for the Experiments course using our online application.

Two week course: 25 June – 6 July 2018

0F: Introduction to Experiments

The course covers the design, implementation, and analytic tools necessary for conducting social science experiments. In the first week, the focus will be on laboratory experiments. After an introduction in experimental designs and a review of recent topics in experimental social sciences, the reminder of the first week will be hands-on lab experiments. Participants will learn how to program experiments with z-Tree, work with the subject recruitment software, analyse experimental data and be able to run a lab experiment at the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences. In the first half of the second week, the course will cover field and online experiments. Moreover, in two afternoon sessions, participants will have the opportunity to present their own experimental research and receive feedback from an experienced team of instructors. The remainder of the second week will cover topics of causal inference and experimental approaches to data analysis. Upon completion of the course participants should be able to (1) formulate Research questions that can be addressed using experiments, (2) design and carry out experiments, and (3) analyse and interpret results from social sciences experiments.

The course is appropriate for participants from any discipline who expect to include experimental social research as part of their research agenda. It is also appropriate for participants who want to become informed consumers of experimental research scholarship.

Participants are required to pay a £1000 tuition fee for participation.

Course Location and Accommodation – The 2-week Introduction to Experiments course will be held at Nuffield College, CESS and the Social Science Department at University of Oxford. CESS has a fully-equipped experimental laboratory which will be an integral part of the Summer School instruction Course lectures will be held in Nuffield College and lab sessions will be held at the Social Science Department. Accommodation is available from Oxford Colleges and also from Oxford area hotels and hostals, however the participants are responsible for arranging this individually. The CESS website has an extensive listing of these accommodation options. It is highly recommended that students book their accommodation as early as possible since College accommodation is in high demand during the summer period.

Please also note that travel costs are not covered by the tuition fee. As with the accommodation participants have to make travel arrangements individually