Applied Case-Study Analysis

Course content

The objective of the course is for students to apply their sociological knowledge and research methods skills to a real-life social issue organisations in Denmark are currently grappling with.  Through this applied case study research – students will:

  • directly engage with external partners and support them in thinking about the issues they are working on
  • gain a better understanding of how organisations function and approach the research and development of solutions to real-life social issues
  • develop a stronger awareness of the myriad ways sociological ways of thinking and researching can be ‘put to work’ in real-life work situations
  • think further about the world of work they are going to enter upon graduation and develop a keener sense of how they want to make a contribution through employment.




Courses with oral exams will be held offline. If the case of Covid-19 restrictions, oral exams will be held online. You will be notified of this in Absalon no later than 4 weeks prior to the exam time – with the option of shorter deadline if Covid-19 restrictions are introduced at shorter notice.

Courses with written exams will not experience any changes in relation to the normal exam form.


Compulsory course on the 6th semester BSc in sociology

Learning outcome
  • reviewed various approaches to studying a real-life case and ascertained their potentialities and limitations in answering the set question
  • considered the ways differently positioned organisations approach researching and developing solutions/initiatives to a real-life issue – the constraints and possibilities they must work within and what impact this has on how they can ask a question, how they can study an issue and the kinds of ‘solutions’ they can propose
  • read some literature on the future world of work and through hearing outside speakers, students will be able to link what the literature argues to the real-life experiences of professionals


  • able to articulate why a sociological approach to understanding, researching and developing solutions to real life cases can be so generative
  • worked collaboratively within a group and across groups to research and develop ideas for tackling a large social issue collectively
  • undertaken research on a real-life case study – being able to justify the approach taken
  • written a summary of their case study findings suited to the template developed between the course leader and external partner
  • able to assess information given by the external partner on the case study they are involved in, and determine what further information is needed
  • present the findings of their case study research to a larger audience – verbally and in writing


  • work collaboratively within a group to develop a research timeline that fits the requirements of the task, while also coordinating across groups to ensure the various elements of the larger case study can be brought together in time
  • interpret and translate research findings into an accessible format that fits the template requirements agreed with the external partner.

The module will consist of short lectures, inter-active discussion, hearing outside speakers and engaging them in discussion, group work on the allocated research case study.

Students will engage with literature on ‘doing case study research’, sustainability’ or ’food consumption’ (depending on the specific focus of their case study research), and ‘the world of work’.

Knowledge of different sociological theories and research methods.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
  • The course convener will work closely with the students to ascertain their experience of the course, further areas they require support on.
  • Students will work in groups collaboratively to conceptualise, implement, analysis and write up their case study research.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Course participation, -
Active participation on this course is consisting of three elements:

1. Being a member of an allocated research group and contributing to the work. Progress with the allocated research will be monitored by the course leader.

2. As a group, students will need to produce a final research document in the specified format agreed with the external partner. Involvement in the production of the document is required.

3. As individuals, students will need to produce a final document (max. 2 pages) where they reflect on how their sociological knowledge and skills (professionalism) can be presented as valuable to future employers, and the future career trajectory they intend to pursue post-graduation.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 164
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level

1 semester

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Vejl. 100 personer
Department of Sociology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Sociology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Claire Maxwell   (2-656f42757165306d7730666d)

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Saved on the 21-02-2022

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