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.

Module Aims

At the end of the week, you will:

  1. Be able to find the suitable comparative case study research design to answer your research question
  2. Know common techniques of structuring and defining concepts, defining and selecting cases, thinking about time and context in comparative case study research, and analyzing and comparing cases depending on the inferential goal; and be able to apply them in your own research
  3. Be aware of potential pitfalls of comparative case study research, such as limited empirical diversity and conceptual stretching, and ways of addressing them
  4. Be familiar with some seminal texts about comparative case study research, covering both classics and recent innovations.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Independently choose and apply techniques and strategies of comparative case study design suited to a given research question
2. Critically evaluate potential pitfalls of comparative case study design and explain ways to address them
3. Summarize key texts of comparative case study design
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Identify and evaluate orally and in writing comprehensive approaches to problem-solving
5. Recognize and critically discuss orally and in writing the contested and provisional nature of knowledge and understanding
Personal and Key Skills6. Study independently and work in groups
7. Apply complex ideas and concepts to new situations in writing
8. Demonstrate a systematic and rigorous approach in writing to accuracy, precision and uncertainty