Performing an in depth analysis on an instance of a place, person, group or phenomenon, in order to illustrate a thesis or principle.
Case studies represent an in-depth examination of a single situation and are useful for small target populations and for collecting data in the natural environment.
And said in another way… “A case study is a research method that relies on a single case rather than a population or sample. When researchers focus on a single case, they can make detailed observations over a long period of time, something that cannot be done with large samples without costing a lot of money. Case Studies are also useful in the early stages of research when the goal is to explore ideas, test and perfect measurement instruments, and to prepare for a larger study.”
How to Learn
- How to Write a Case Study – Wiki How
- Qualitative Methods Class
Associations and Journals
While not devoted solely to case studies, several of the American Sociological Association’s journals may include case studies. For instance, Contexts and Contemporary Sociology.
- CalRecycle – Local Government Case Studies
- Peluso (1996). “Fruit Trees and Family Trees in an Anthropogenic Forest: Ethics of Access, Property Zones, and Environmental Change in Indonesia“.
- Durheim, E. (1897). “Suicide“. (Classic Case Study example)
- Spear, W.F. (2013). “Marketing strategies to motivate participation in municipal recycling programs.” (available through EBSCO host via HSU Library website)
Written by: Sarai Lucarelli and Janae Teal
Last updated: 1 January 2016