Case Study 2
1. Brief opening paragraph in which you state that
you will be examining a particular case
(mention it) or comparing several cases
(mention them) for the sake of getting a better
understanding of a certain issue (mention it).
2. Introduce the issue of controversy. Try to
present it in the manner which best frames the
controversy so both or all sides can be
adequately be appreciated.
3. Bring an author or two into the discussion of the
issue. Briefly discuss the major views.(You can
also do this at a later time in the case study, as
seems most fitting).
4. Introduce case or cases in all details relevant to
the direction of your inquiry (know your
direction before writing). Make sure to reference
your factual sources. If they come from personal
experience or personal interviews, document
5. Discuss briefly the other issues -if any – present
in this case/these compared cases than the one
you’re focusing on.
6. Re-frame the issue in the context of this case
or these compared cases to best highlight the
moral dilemma involved.
7. Background: any details of the outside world that
impact on the case(s), historically, locally,
regionally, nationally, or internationally; including
law, custom, or accident.
8. Identify alternative solutions for the dilemma – 2
or 3 – and briefly discuss.
9. Deliberate over alternatives and make a reasoned
9a. If the case is from the past, briefly
compare your solution to the one actually
10. Assess what the general lesson is, especially in
terms of how this problem can be avoided in
The largest sections of a case study should be 8