RSS01.C1 Comparative Research Designs
The purpose of this course is to provide training on all aspects that enable a researcher to build and implement the most appropriate comparative research design – the latter broadly defined as any research enterprise that comprises at least two ‘cases’ or observations.
On the one hand, the course will cover a few fundamental upstream questions: why compare; what is the added value of comparison? What are the logical underpinnings and mental operations behind comparison? What should be the mindset of a good comparative researcher? What should be his/her goals? What is the link between a research puzzle and the choice for a comparative research design? On the other hand, the practicalities of different types of comparative research designs will be examined in detail, by following all the hands-on steps:
(1) prior arbitrations and ‘casing’, i.e. the definition of the cases;
(2) case selection, through more basic or more advanced strategies;
(3) collecting and managing comparative data;
(4) comparative data analysis (qualitative, QCA and quantitative options).
Steps (1) and (2) will be examined in greater detail.
Detailed program (pdf, 143 kB)
|19 June 2023 - 23 June 2023|
Early Bird Regular: €895 (application deadline* April 1st)
|Scholarships and discounts||Find more information here|
*Your application is only completed when the course fee has been paid
|Course leader||Benoit Rihoux|
|Level of participant||
|Admission requirements||Little specific prior knowledge is required. Any prior training in qualitative and/or quantitative methods is an asset, but by no means a requirement. The participant should simply be willing to reflect openly about his/her research design – one of the take-home messages of the course being: “there is no one-size-fits-all comparative research design”|
|Mode of Study||On Campus|
|ECTS||2 or 4 Find more information here|