Comparative Method (525X8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

During this course you will cover the rationale of comparative method, its variety, development and problems. More specifically you will consider the logic of comparative inquiry, the number of cases involved, the issues of measurement and bias, and QCA methods, before completing exercises in which you are required to design comparative research proposals and to critique published research.

By the end of the course you will have developed a critical understanding of and competence in the purpose and value of comparison; the range and variety of comparison; the logic of comparitive inquiry; case selection and truth tables and designing comparative research projects.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 12 hours of contact time and about 138 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.