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 Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

The logic and goals of qualitative comparative case study research

Defining, structuring and measuring social science concepts and typologies

Casing: what is a case? What is context?

Case selection and scope conditions

Logics and techniques of comparison across time and space

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching time15Class 5 x 3h (lecture and exercises)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities5Lab 5 x 1h (guided applied exercises/ project work)
Guided independent study60Directed readings
Guided independent study10Daily assignments: Independent exercises (daily)
Guided independent study60Coursework completion - conducting research, analysing data, writing the finished product

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).


COMPASSS-- COMPArative Methods for Systematic cross-caSe analysis network:

Choose from hundreds of case studies showing how methods are applied in real research projects: m_campaign=7LA066B&utm_term

APSA's Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section: