Short Seminar Description
This workshop seminar offers an intensive 1-week introduction to causal modelling with Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Coincidence Analysis (CNA), the two most prominent configurational comparative methods (CCMs) of causal dis- covery. Participants will be guided through the nuts and bolts of configurational comparative research, cutting-edge methodological innovations, and they will also learn how to make the most of current software for QCA and CNA.
From the philosophical roots of regularity theories of causation, over the procedural protocol of QCA, to the empirical analysis of causal chain structures, this seminar will go way beyond the material taught in other QCA courses, enabling partici- pants to perform QCA in a correct and sophisticated manner. It will be shown, for example, why the vast majority of past QCA studies have run the risk of failing to find the underlying causal model, and why the conservative solution in QCA is not conservative at all. The seminar also provides an introduction to CNA—a CCM geared towards uncovering causal chains and common cause structures. Last but not least, students will learn why recent high-profile critiques discouraging the use of QCA lack traction. Individual consultation sessions will be offered in addition to help participants with the methodological aspects of their own research projects.
The two instructors are among the most active researchers in the field, publishing and teaching at the forefront of configurational research. As authors of the most powerful software for QCA and CNA currently available, they also have an unri- valled familiarity with these tools, which will be made ample use of throughout the seminar.
Formally, the course requires no prior knowledge of configurational methods, but it will be intensive for absolute beginners. Users with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of QCA as taught in standard textbooks and methods courses will learn much they did not know before. Participants at all levels of knowledge will benefit from the instructors’ current research, a significant part of which will be broached during the course. Some basic knowledge of R, or at least programming more generally, will be helpful but it is not essential.
Date and Venue
26-30 September, 2016; University of Konstanz, Germany. Days 1 and 2 will take place in room D247, days 3 to 5 in room E403.
For students that are not enrolled at the University of Konstanz, a course fee of e300 will be charged.
To register for the workshop, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate your home institution, your position, and whether you have some experi- ence with QCA or CNA. Registrations will close on 31 August or once all places are filled.
Language of Instruction
The language of instruction is English.
Participants can obtain 4 ECTS points if they submit a short research paper (2000- 3000 words) within four weeks after the end of the course. It lies with participants to enquire at their home institution whether ECTS points earned at this workshop will be accepted. To participants who do not want to earn credits, a certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the workshop. To participants who would like to earn credits, this certificate will be issued after successful completion of all course requirements.
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