Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POCM102: Comparative Case Study Design

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 3 (1 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Eva Thomann (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module provides you with the skills needed to design your qualitative case study research. It covers concept formation, casing and case selection, logics and strategies of comparison, accounting for context and time, data collection strategies, and both conceptual and research-practical issues such as limited diversity, Galton’s problem, and conceptual stretching. We will work extensively with your own research projects.

The course targets MRes and PhD students, researchers and research-oriented practitioners from the United Kingdom and abroad, in the social sciences and beyond. You should have basic knowledge of empirical social research (e.g. what is a case). Those who bring along a specific empirical project will benefit most, but this is not required.

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