Case Study Methods and Process-Tracing
Volledige vakbeschrijvingQualitative research methods are widely used in political science and public policy to analyze in-depth case dynamics. This course will introduce students to the most widely used case study research designs in social science such as most likely, least likely, typical cases as well as most similar and most different systems designs. Special emphasis will be given to qualitative data analysis using process tracing. Students will practice conceptualizing and identifying causal mechanisms, drawing on examples from published research in European Studies. In particular, one course session is dedicated to analyzing the qualitative research design of a published article from one of the core substantive modules in the RMES. Furthermore, two sessions will be dedicated to feedback from the instructor on the methodological aspects of students’ research workshop projects conducted in the parallel substantive modules.
Doelstellingen van dit vakAfter this course students should be able to: • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research design terminology and concepts; • apply knowledge and understanding of qualitative methods when analysing published academic research; • formulate judgments on appropriate case study research design choices in qualitative methods; • communicate one’s understanding and evaluation of research design issues and formulate questions for the group when chairing the discussion; • learn how to update one’s knowledge of the latest debates in qualitative methods and keep up with the state of the art in the field.
Aanbevolen literatuurHenry Brady and David Collier (eds.) 2004. Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards. New York: Rowman and Littlefield. Alexander L. George and Andrew Bennett. 2005. Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences. Cambridge, M.A.: MIT University Press. Derek Beach and Rasmus Brun Pedersen. 2013. Process Tracing Methods – Foundations and Guidelines. Ann Arbor, M.I.: University of Michigan Press.
31 okt 2022
22 dec 2022
Taal van de opleiding:Engels
Trefwoorden:Causality in qualitative analysis; case studies; process-tracing; causal mechanisms