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Case Studies
Background and Assignment Guidelines*
Overview
 Thick Description
 Qualitative
◦ Compared to Quantitative
 Not experimental
◦ Learn from existing events
 Pr...
History
 Older than you might think.
◦ 1920s
 Started in “naturalistic” social sciences
◦ Sociology
◦ Anthropology
 Rob...
Types
 Illustrative
 Exploratory
 Cumulative
 Critical Instance
Format
 Each case study is to be typed, double-spaced, in a legible
font, and at least 1,000 words in length (not to exce...
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Case study method no narration

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Case study method no narration

  1. 1. Case Studies Background and Assignment Guidelines*
  2. 2. Overview  Thick Description  Qualitative ◦ Compared to Quantitative  Not experimental ◦ Learn from existing events  Primary purpose is not offer definitive answers but to raise critical questions.
  3. 3. History  Older than you might think. ◦ 1920s  Started in “naturalistic” social sciences ◦ Sociology ◦ Anthropology  Robert Park ◦ Journalism Background  Criticisms ◦ Unscientific ◦ Not generalizable
  4. 4. Types  Illustrative  Exploratory  Cumulative  Critical Instance
  5. 5. Format  Each case study is to be typed, double-spaced, in a legible font, and at least 1,000 words in length (not to exceed 1,500 words)  Components ◦ Summary. This is a concisely written statement, placed at the front of the report. It briefly summarizes the major points of the case. It should describe the relevant facts, key figures, and context in which it occurred. ◦ Problem statement. Present the central issue(s) or major problem(s) in the case here. Do not rehash the facts of the case; lay the groundwork for your analysis. ◦ Analysis. Discuss the major issues. Present relevant alternatives or solutions. Briefly present the major arguments for and against each. Be sure to state your assumptions, the potential impact of, and constraints on each alternative. ◦ Conclusion. Sum up your analysis and the logic that led you to recommend specific action(s). Briefly address the reasons you rejected other alternatives.

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