Why are case studies back in comparative research? What is a case study and what is it really good for? Can case studies be analytical, comparative and policy relevant? How should a good case study be designed and carried out? What can we do to enhance the quality of small-n designs? Is it plausible to combine case studies with other methods? How can we turn case study narratives into a successful doctoral dissertation and eventually high-quality publications? This course provides answers to these key questions by reviewing a range of recent developments in case study methods.
This short, though intensive course will be taught in two days. The agenda for the first day will be consciously comprehensive. We will review the state of the art and critically assess core issues in case study research. The second-day tutorials will be more focused and practical. These sessions will be all about identifying approaches and techniques which can be used to improve participants’ own research projects.
• Logic and merits of case studies
• Core issues in case study research
• Tools for increasing leverage in small-N research
About the Lecturer
Dr. Sebastian Dellepiane, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow