Applied Case-Study Analysis

Course content

The objective of the course is to introduce the concept of the case study and to shed light on what constitutes a sociological case study. The focus is on whether or not – and possibly how – analysis of a case study makes it possible to extrapolate on a sociological problem from a social problem or a specific incident, event, situation or phenomenon. This includes work with how a case study can be specified and perhaps have its own validity as a statement, as well as initiate processes, e.g. in thinking, idea development, innovation and policy. Key parts of this course include introduction to case-based methods, process studies, systematic construction of case studies, conducting comparative case analyse - and what case-study methods and analyses can be criticized for.


Mandatory course at 6th semester at BSc Sociology.

Please note!
This course will be taught in English - the exam will be in English

Learning outcome


Students learn to

· account for what a sociological case study is

· reflect on the methods and theories best suited to analyse a selected case study

· account for various types of case studies, e.g. theoretical, empirical or methodological

· reflect on problems related to research ethics in connection with the construction of case studies.


Students learn to

· organise or find a case study that illustrates a sociological problem

· specify a case study, so that it is clear what it is about

· identify the nature of the sociological problem in a given case study.



At the end of the course, students are able to

· plan and run a sociological case-based study

· demonstrate casing and show what the case study can be used for in sociological terms

· evaluate the usefulness of a case to shed light on something or kickstart a process.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Course participation under invigilation
Active participation in the form of regular oral presentations or short written assignments.
Active participation on this course will consist of: (To be updated...)
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Course Preparation
  • 100
  • Preparation
  • 64
  • English
  • 206