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What you will learn

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

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

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Beginner Level

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 5-10 hours a week...

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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
16 hours to complete

Introduction, analytic foundations and the QCA research process

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.

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4 videos (Total 30 min), 2 readings
4 videos
1.2. QCA vs other approaches9m
1.3. Set theory and complex causality9m
1.4. The QCA research field4m
2 readings
Course guide10m
Readings in course guide15h
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Research design and calibration

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.

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4 videos (Total 25 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
4 videos
2.2. Cases, outcomes and conditions7m
2.3. Crisp vs fuzzy sets4m
2.4. Calibration with quantitative, qualitative and secondary data6m
1 reading
Readings in course guide10m
1 practice exercise
Assignment 1. Main terms and background30m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

The truth table

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.

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3 videos (Total 24 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
3 videos
3.2. Raw consistency7m
3.3. Resolving contradictory configurations6m
1 reading
Readings in course guide10m
2 practice exercises
Assignment 3. Make a truth table for crisp data30m
Assignment 4. Make a truth table for fuzzy data1h 30m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Logical minimization and the interpretation of output

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.

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3 videos (Total 24 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
4.2. The minimal formula8m
4.3. Parameters of fit6m
1 reading
Readings in course guide10m
1 practice exercise
Assignment 5. Minimize a truth table1h
Week
5
4 hours to complete

Using FsQCA, more about the interpretation of output, and the write-up

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.

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3 videos (Total 21 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
3 videos
5.2. Using FsQCA 3, part 26m
5.3. Do's and don'ts for the write-up8m
1 reading
Readings in course guide10m
2 practice exercises
Assignment 6. Using the program fsQCA for the analysis of crisp data (PLUS bonus assignment 7; is not mandatory)1h 30m
Assignment 8. Using the program fsQCA for the analysis of fuzzy data (PLUS bonus assignment 9; is not mandatory)30m

Instructor

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Fadi Hirzalla

Assistant Professor / Senior Lecturer
Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences (EGSH), Erasmus University Rotterdam

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