Workshops on Social Science Research (WSSR)


WSSR's Inauguration

The Workshops on Social Science Research (WSSR) were launched in 2008. The primary objective at that time was to provide additional training in Research Methodology for Concordia students. The WSSR offered only one workshop during its first year. However, the goal was to eventually offer more.

The early years

Over the next three years, the workshop series expanded by adding a variety of short seminars on quantitative methods.

It also began to attact students from other unversities across Canada and the United States, as well as participants from different levls of government and the private sector.

A fresh approach

The WSSR do more than provide additional opportunities for learning. They offer a fresh approach to university education, particularly in social sciences.

The WSSR compliment conventional university training with more practical and experiential learning opportunities in the fields of public policy, democratic governance, and research methodology. They also provide realistic opportunities for professionals and members of the public to upgrade their skills and understanding, and offer a host of networking possibilities.

These workshops give students and participants unmatched access to some of the most exceptional public figures with extensive field experience, and renowned academics with longstanding research and teaching records.

Through these highly interactive, stimulating, and innovate one to five-day workshops, students partake in vigorous roundtable discussions and have the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills. The WSSR are at the centre of a flourishing network of students, academics, professional, and public figures.

Branching out

In 2012, the WSSR branched out. The Research Methodology component grew to include a variety of workshops on qualitative methods. Also, an entirely new section on Public Policy and Democratic Governance was added to the program.

In addition to renowned researchers and methodologists, the program now includes several prominent and influential politicians and public figures who teach about their real-time and past frontline experiences.

The very same year, the WSSR also obtained institutional permission to offer workshops for credit. Now undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD students can participate in the WSSR and earn credits toward their respective programs.


In 2013, the WSSR formed a partnership with the internationally-renowned Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) which is located at the University of Michigan. The ICPSR attracts students and researchers who are interested in quantitative data analysis from all over the world.

In 2015, the WSSR also joined forces with the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) to put together a specialized program designed primarily for graduate students and junior scholars. This program includes a series of workshops in both Interpretive and Qualitative Case Study Methods. 

In 2016 a new ECPR collaboration brings together specialists to offer an expanded series in Interpretive Methods and Qualitative Research Methodology.

In 2017, the WSSR is now working with the Simone de Beauvoir Institute to offer a range of workshops in the area of Social Justice as well as a new credit course in Women's Studies for senior level undergraduate students.

In 2020, for the first time, the WSSR is collaborating with the Southern Political Science Association and will be hosting a series of half- and full-day workshops during their conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico in January.

Students can choose from any of our introductory, intermediate, or advanced seminars.

See what our participants think of the WSSR, our guest lecturers and workshop format.