Analytical Frameworks

Case Teaching & Analytical Tools

  • Analytical frameworks are effective tools to manage complexity and are the keys to meaningful teaching and learning. 
  • Analytical tools enable students to engage directly in testing theories while learning content and enable teachers to hold students accountable for detail and depth.

Therefore, when we ask students to respond to profound questions about the human condition, a teacher's case preparation and a student's problem-based learning experience can be fully supported by analytical frames that provide academic rigor.

Here are a few examples of how simple frames support complex questions.

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Analytical Frameworks

causes of war

search: loa-war

levels of analysis — Examine individual wars and compare wars in order to build & test theories about causes of a specific war and causes of war in general
     → What do different causes of war tell us about possible paths to peace?
♦ establish a wide variety of factors or variables and distinguish them across three levels: human, national, systemic
     → Is one level more significant? Why are all levels important?
♦ extends across different periods of imperialism, the cold war, and the post cold war to build & test theories about historical context
     → What is significantly different and what is essentially the same about causes of war over time?


search: world-vw
worldviews - Professor Steven Lamy’s analytical model of three worldviews: maintainer, reformer, transformer
     → According to each worldview, how do we best achieve and maintain security?
♦ Prof Lamy uses the DEPPP process that is now applied by CALIS to many topics as a basic tool for multiple perspectives analysis
     → How can we trace the logic and merit of contending perspectives toward effective negotiation, problem-solving or conflict management?

changing nature of security

search: change-sec

concept maps -identify dynamics and frame key concepts for meaningful comparison:
♦ World Order Models → At the global level, what system provides the greatest order and stability?
♦ Human Security Agenda: How secure are you? → How can we balance national interest and human interest? (continuum)
♦ Lifeline: the Post Cold War Era, 1990 - present  → What are personal and global implications of globalization? (timeline & 4W chart)


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