Erasmus University Rotterdam
Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

Taught in English

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Fadi Hirzalla

Instructor: Fadi Hirzalla


(140 reviews)

Beginner level
No prior experience required
26 hours to complete
3 weeks at 8 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • After the course you will understand the methodological foundations of QCA.

  • After the course you will know how to conduct a basic QCA study by yourself.

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There are 5 modules in this course

In week 1, we will discuss a) the nature and structure of the general research process in QCA, b) the analytic foundations of QCA, and c) the features of the general QCA research field.

What's included

4 videos2 readings

Week 2 focuses on the design of a QCA study, particularly as regards a) the general orientation of such a study and b) the development of a research model with cases, conditions and an outcome. We will also discuss the so-called c) “calibration” process. With calibration, the researcher scores cases on conditions that might cause an outcome, and on the outcome itself.

What's included

4 videos1 reading1 quiz1 peer review

Week 3 is about the “truth table”, which indicates the relation between combinations of conditions on the one hand, and an outcome on the other. You will learn about a) the function of the truth table, b) how to make a truth table, and c) how the truth table may be changed by going back to the design and calibration phases.

What's included

3 videos1 reading2 quizzes

In week 4, we will discuss “logical minimization”, which amounts to a systematic comparison between cases. We will discuss a) the principles of the minimization process, b) different ways in which you can do the minimization process, and c) the interpretation of the results of the minimization process.

What's included

3 videos1 reading1 quiz

In week 5, it will be demonstrated how a) software can be used for making the truth table and performing logical minimization. We will also further discuss b) the interpretation of the results of logical minimization and c) the reporting of results of a QCA study in a scientifically sound manner.

What's included

3 videos1 reading2 quizzes1 discussion prompt


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4.8 (62 ratings)
Fadi Hirzalla
Erasmus University Rotterdam
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