Designing Case-Based Courses

One of the more common ways to engage students and legitimize course material is using case studies. Case-based courses give students real-life or simulated scenarios that are complex and require thought and analysis. It gives them opportunities to learn  in context, instead of as isolated material. These courses tend to focus on problem solving, critical thinking and group discussion, since most cases do not have an obvious, simple answer.



Cases: Students get mock criminal and civil cases and have to do a trial presentation in a real courtroom

Cases:  Students are presented with issues that they need to negotiate with one another

Cases: Students explore controversial issues in marketing and have to debate the merits of different positions

Case: Each group of students is assigned a local company to research to learn about its business practices, culture, strengths, and weaknesses.

Case: Clinical scenarios are simulated both using software and physical model patients and students have to demonstrate proper practices and treatments

Cases: Students analyze various media articles related to the application of mathematical concepts in society

Cases: The course is focused on role-playing different scenarios faced by a Clinical Social Worker