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Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeAORG906
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Course description

Language of instruction

English

Course content

This course has been designed to introduce participants to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). QCA is a synthetic method that has become increasingly common in mixed and multi-method research and across a variety of disciplines including, political science, political economy, environmental studies, sociology, public administration and organization and management studies. This course has three main goals. The first goal is to provide a historical overview of the method. The second goal is to lay the foundation for understanding this set-theoretic methodological approach and the benefits of incorporating such approaches. The final goal of this research is to illustrate possible applications of QCA across small to medium-N case studies and studies using comparative analysis that might otherwise only be studied using quantitative approaches.

Learning outcomes

10 ECTS:

Upon successful completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  • Formulate and express arguments clearly and cogently both orally and in writing.
  • Articulate the capabilities and constraints of various processes of information creation, critique the presentation of information within disciplines and be able to distinguish between format and method of access.
  • Show a reasonable understanding of the quantitative data used in the course readings and lectures to address the problems found in social and behavioral science, while recognizing the limits of this analysis; and to understand the economic analysis of data to make connections, support opinions and draw conclusions [Quantitative Literacy].
  • Demonstrate understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, communications styles, economy, or beliefs and practices [Intercultural Knowledge and Competence].
  • Identify, analyze, and assess information about social and behavioral research from a range of fields and from a variety of sources and perspectives [Inquiry and Analysis].
  • Articulate traditional and emerging research processes. (e.g., literature review, statistical analysis, etc.) and select sources that best meet an information need based on the audience, context, and purpose of various formats.

3 ECTS:

Upon successful completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  • Formulate and express arguments clearly and cogently both orally and in writing.
  • Articulate the capabilities and constraints of various processes of information creation, critique the presentation of information within disciplines and be able to distinguish between format and method of access.
  • Show a reasonable understanding of the quantitative data used in the course readings and lectures to address the problems found in social and behavioral science [Quantitative Literacy].
  • Identify, analyze, and assess information about social and behavioral research from a range of fields and from a variety of sources and perspectives, having acquired a reasonable understanding og and capacity to use the QCA as a field of Inquiry and Analysis.

Study period

20 -24 May 2019

Credits (ECTS)

10 ECTS (full course): Active participation, approved proposal overview and research paper.

3 ECTS (partial course): Active participation and approved proposal overview.

Specific terms

Course registration and deadlines

29 April 2019.

Registration at Student web for UiB candidates.

External candidates and employees may use this registration form

Compulsory Requirements

3 ECTS and 10 ECTS:

Discussion and participation (minimum participation 80 % of seminars)

Form of assessment

10 ECTS:

Proposal Overview (1000 words) 

Research Paper (5000-6000 words)

3 ECTS:

Proposal Overview (1000 words)

Who may participate

PhD candidates, MA/MS and Faculty/Staff

Addtional information

Contact

Adrian Kjær

adrian.kjar@uib.no

Academic responsibility

Associate Professor Jan Froestad

Lecturers

Prof. Tabitha M. Benney, PhD

Reading list

Reading list attached 1100 pages.

Course location

University of Bergen

Study period

20 -24 May 2019