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Two courses on case-oriented methodology and QCA at ECPR winter school

posted Oct 17, 2018, 3:50 AM by Eva Thomann   [ updated Oct 17, 2018, 3:57 AM ]

I am offering two courses at the ECPR winter school of methods and techniques.

The early bird registration is still open until  31.10.2018, don't miss it!

WA102 -  Foundations of case-oriented and set-theoretic thinking and methodology


This course introduces to the logic and basics of case-oriented and set-theoretic methods. We start by reflecting on different types of research questions, evidence and observations, causal effects and causal mechanisms. The course then covers the basics of set theory, sets, set calibration, and logical operations. We will discuss different perspectives on causation (probabilistic versus deterministic, symmetric versus asymmetric, causal complexity, context) and the logic of necessary and sufficient conditions. We will apply these notions by looking at different ways of defining, structuring, and operationalizing social science concepts.                                                                                       


WD103 - Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)


This course introduces to crisp set and fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and its analysis in R. We will look at the origins, analytic aims, and variants of QCA and deal in depth with techniques and practices of set calibration. The nuts and bolts the QCA technique, from parameters of fit to all steps of the analyses of necessity and sufficiency, are illustrated based on an empirical example study which we replicate in class. We will then cover the presentation and interpretation of QCA results, as well as ways to deal with limited diversity and other potential pitfalls. Hands-on exercises and daily lab sessions provide opportunities for practice and engagement.