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Weekly schedule

The topic structure of the course is outlined below. You can link directly to the relevant readings and download the teaching materials used in the lectures. This page will be updated regularly so check often.

Reading
Weekly topics
Teaching material

PART I - RESEARCH DESIGN

Week 1 (30/09) Introduction: Causal thinking and research designs slides (Powerpoint Presentation) || article "Tale of two cultures" by Mahoney & Goertz (PDF Document)
Week 2 (07/10)

Comparative analysis and case selection

slides (Powerpoint Presentation)

PART II - DATA COLLECTION

Week 3 (14/10)

(Semi-)Structured Interviews

slides (Powerpoint Presentation)
Week 4 (21/10)

Observational research and ethical questions

slides (Powerpoint Presentation)
Week 5 (28/10)

Qualitative text analysis


Week 6 (04/11) Reading Week [no teaching]

PART III - DATA ANALYSIS AND CAUSAL INFERENCE

Week 7 (11/11) Case studies and process-tracing slides (Powerpoint Presentation) 
Week 8 (18/11)

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

 
Week 9 (25/11)

The mixed-methods approach

 
Week 10 (02/12)

Research problems and mini-symposium