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Opiniones y comentarios de aprendices correspondientes a Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) por parte de Universidad Erasmus de Rotterdam

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Welcome to this massive open online course (MOOC) about Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). Please read the points below before you start the course. This will help you prepare well for the course and attend it properly. It will also help you determine if the course offers the knowledge and skills you are looking for. What can you do with QCA? • QCA is a comparative method that is mainly used in the social sciences for the assessment of cause-effect relations (i.e. causation). • QCA is relevant for researchers who normally work with qualitative methods and are looking for a more systematic way of comparing and assessing cases. • QCA is also useful for quantitative researchers who like to assess alternative (more complex) aspects of causation, such as how factors work together in producing an effect. • QCA can be used for the analysis of cases on all levels: macro (e.g. countries), meso (e.g. organizations) and micro (e.g. individuals). • QCA is mostly used for research of small- and medium-sized samples and populations (10-100 cases), but it can also be used for larger groups. Ideally, the number of cases is at least 10. QCA cannot be used if you are doing an in-depth study of one case. What will you learn in this course? • The course is designed for people who have no or little experience with QCA. • 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. How is this course organized? • The MOOC takes five weeks. The specific learning objectives and activities per week are mentioned in appendix A of the course guide. Please find the course guide under Resources in the main menu. • The learning objectives with regard to understanding the foundations of QCA and practically conducting a QCA study are pursued throughout the course. However, week 1 focuses more on the general analytic foundations, and weeks 2 to 5 are more about the practical aspects of a QCA study. • The activities of the course include watching the videos, consulting supplementary material where necessary, and doing assignments. The activities should be done in that order: first watch the videos; then consult supplementary material (if desired) for more details and examples; then do the assignments. • There are 10 assignments. Appendix A in the course guide states the estimated time needed to make the assignments and how the assignments are graded. Only assignments 1 to 6 and 8 are mandatory. These 7 mandatory assignments must be completed successfully to pass the course. • Making the assignments successfully is one condition for receiving a course certificate. Further information about receiving a course certificate can be found here: About the supplementary material • The course can be followed by watching the videos. It is not absolutely necessary yet recommended to study the supplementary reading material (as mentioned in the course guide) for further details and examples. Further, because some of the covered topics are quite technical (particularly topics in weeks 3 and 4 of the course), we provide several worked examples that supplement the videos by offering more specific illustrations and explanation. These worked examples can be found under Resources in the main menu. • Note that the supplementary readings are mostly not freely available. Books have to be bought or might be available in a university library; journal publications have to be ordered online or are accessible via a university license. • The textbook by Schneider and Wagemann (2012) functions as the primary reference for further information on the topics that are covered in the MOOC. Appendix A in the course guide mentions which chapters in that book can be consulted for which week of the course. • The publication by Schneider and Wagemann (2012) is comprehensive and detailed, and covers almost all topics discussed in the MOOC. However, for further study, appendix A in the course guide also mentions some additional supplementary literature. • Please find the full list of references for all citations (mentioned in this course guide, in the MOOC, and in the assignments) in appendix B of the course guide....

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May 23, 2020

Very good course but more exercises using software should be incorporated. Software functions should be discussed in detail.


May 11, 2020

Excellent course and perfectly pitched at the right level (not to easy, not too hard)

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May 23, 2020

Very good course but more exercises using software should be incorporated. Software functions should be discussed in detail.

por Kiri D

May 11, 2020

Excellent course and perfectly pitched at the right level (not to easy, not too hard)

por Aritra H

Jun 20, 2020

It is a fantastic course on a very intriguing and novel approach to qualitative research. The assignments were super helpful and the references were in-depth and carefully chosen. I specially like Dr. Hirzalla's approach in encouraging learners to learn by reading and hands on practice rather than delivering lectures only through A/V mode. That way, as a learner, I could internalize the concepts and techniques in a more holistic way. I thank Dr. Hirzalla and the entire team of Erasmus University for conceptualizing and delivering this course. Cheers!

por Kellan N

Dec 03, 2019

I love how the course explains the truth table construction: very simple and straight forward! Also important, the exercises are helpful to get hands-on experiences (manually constructing the truth table). Thank you very much!

por Jolien G

Jul 26, 2019

Nice introductory course. Good pacing, highlights are being discussed, easy to follow.

por Volodymyr K

Apr 30, 2020

Very understanding and very easily explained hard stuff. Very great word!!! thanks!!!

por Syeda N B

Jul 13, 2020

Very help to get basic understanding of all main steps involved in data analysis.

por Zhu Z

Jul 15, 2019

Very brief but clear introduction of QCA. Highligh recommended for beginners.

por Joseph L

Aug 18, 2020

An excellent course. The instructor was very clear in his explanation.

por Monu S

Jun 23, 2020

Very interesting well conducted course Thanks to Dr Fadi Hirzala

por Mikkel M

Oct 20, 2020

Useful instructions and very detailed assignments and answers.

por Fernando R R

Sep 15, 2020


Erasmus could add one week for expose mvQCA and Tosmana.

por Manuel A S S

Jan 12, 2020

Very nice

por Aswini K B

Jul 05, 2020


por Maud v M

Apr 29, 2020

Great course. The videos are short but insightful. We receive access to an extensive list of readings and resources. Finally, I enjoyed the assignments very much. Thank you!

por Júlia P N

Jul 18, 2020

The course is great for beginners. I would like it to be a little more complete, exploring more complex topics, but the complementary readings filled this gap.

por Anel O

Apr 15, 2020

great for basic notions and simple level exercise. Good recommended literature