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Process Tracing - SIMM56


Process tracing is a research method which is increasingly used in the social sciences and in policy evaluation.


Core elements of Process tracing

Process tracing is about unpacking a causal process in a case and tracing how it worked empirically, which enables strong within case inferences about causal processes.

The course situates process tracing in the methodological field, relating it to other small-N analysis as well as large-N analysis. It provides an understanding of the ontological and epistemological underpinnings of the method.

Course design

The course explores the core elements of process tracing, by focusing on both the theory side of what we are tracing (the causal processes or mechanisms) and the empirics (evidence of the operation of the causal mechanism). The course aims to provide the students with the necessary tools, enabling them to apply process-tracing in their own research.

Online course platform

This course uses Canvas as the online course platform. The course platform will be opened one week before the course begins to all students who were accepted. Here you will be able to access literature, assignments, announcements, as well as participate in discussions and communicate with teachers. 


The course schedule can be found under the course information on the right. Please note that the final version of the schedule will be made available four weeks before the course begins, and changes may occur until that point. A more detailed schedule will be available on the course platform on Canvas.