Continuous assessment of student performance via multiple deliverables:
• Summaries of core readings (20%)
• Term paper (50%)
Oral assignments (via video conference):
• Presentation of an empirical paper (15%)
• Presentation of an outline of the term paper (15%)
To participate meaningfully in this course, students require a PC or Laptop and a reliable Internet connection.
This course is part of the mini-curriculum 'Qualitative Methods in Empirical Research'. (See https://politikwissenschaft.univie.ac.at/studium/erweiterungscurricula-politikwissenschaft/erweiterungscurriculum-qualitative-methoden-in-der-empirischen-forschung/).
To enrol, students must have completed module 1 of the curriculum.
To pass, students must deliver all of the tasks specified above (see 'assessment'). The final grade is based on a weighted assessment of all deliverables. Detailed criteria for the assessment will be announced in the first session.
Attendance via video-conference is compulsory. The course is run in the form of blocked long sessions; a maximum of two hours (120 min) can be missed with the exception of the first session, which cannot be missed.
Teaching and readings are in English and students must be able to both give a presentation and prepare a term paper in English. The course will appeal to students who enjoy thinking about questions of causality in a formal-logical framework. No prior methods knowledge is assumed.
• Ragin, C. & Amoroso, L. (2011). "Using Comparative Methods to Study Diversity". In: Constructing Social Research: The Unity and Diversity of Method. Thousand Oaks and London: Sage. 2nd Edition. pp 135-161.
• Selected sections from:
• Schneider, C. & Wagemann, C. (2012) Set-Theoretic Methods for the Social Sciences: A guide to qualitative comparative analysis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
• Selected empirical papers.
Recommended reading and resources:
• Ragin, C. (2014) The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
• Ragin, C. (2008) Redesigning Social Inquiry: Fuzzy Sets and Beyond. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.