Norway, Oslo

Case Study Research Methods

when 29 June 2020 - 3 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 8 EC
fee NOK 6000

The course will begin with a focus on the philosophy of science, theory construction, theory testing, causality, and causal inference. With this epistemological grounding, the seminar will then explore the core issues in case study research design, including methods of structured and focused comparisons of cases, typological theory, case selection, process tracing, and the use of counterfactual analysis. Next, the course will look at the epistemological assumptions, comparative strengths and weaknesses, and proper domain of case study methods and alternative methods, particularly statistical methods and formal modeling, and address ways of combining these methods in a single research project. We will examine field research techniques, including archival research and interviews.

Course leader

Professor Andrew Bennett, Department of Government, Georgetown University, Washington DC., USA

Target group

PhD students, graduate or postgraduate student or professional from any social science field of study or related disciplines.

Course aim

The central goal of the seminar is to enable students to create and critique methodologically sophisticated case study research designs in the social sciences. To do so, the seminar will explore the techniques, uses, strengths, and limitations of case study methods, while emphasizing the relationships among these methods, alternative methods, and contemporary debates in the philosophy of science. The research examples used to illustrate methodological issues will be drawn primarily from international relations and comparative politics. The methodological content of the course is also applicable, however, to the study of history, sociology, education, business, economics, and other social and behavioral sciences.

Credits info

8 EC
A completed course including submission of an approved paper is awarded 8 ECTS

Fee info

NOK 6000: The participation fee includes:
Daily lunch during the course week(s).
Some social arrangements after class sessions.
Partial covering of expenses towards administration and honorarium for lecturers.
Some parts of the reading material (electronic files) sent to you in advance of the course.

Scholarships

Oslo Summer School for Social Sciences does not have any grants or scholarships. All costs in relation to participation in our courses must be paid by participants themselves, or by their institution.

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