GEO-56806 Advanced Qualitative Research Design and Data Collection Methods


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper0
Group work3
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)B Broekhaus
dr. R Fletcher
Lecturer(s)dr. R Fletcher
dr. ir. CPG Driessen
dr. ED Rasch
dr. ME Ormond
prof. dr. VR van der Duim
dr. SP Koot
MSc CC Lin
dr. PA Tamas
dr. HHS Moerbeek
dr. ir. M Duineveld
dr. R Lie
Examiner(s)dr. R Fletcher

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Qualitative Data Analysis (YRM-60806) PLUS EITHER Critical Perspectives on Social Theory (PhD course) OR Advanced Social Theory (CPT-55306) OR WASS Research Methodology: From Topic to Proposal (PhD course)


Students learn about & practice key qualitative methods while gaining exposure to how diverse theoretical lenses make use of these methods. The course covers: interpretation, representation, comparison & validity; reflexivity & positionality, power relations & ethics; interviews & focus groups; (auto)ethnography & participant observation; revisiting ontology with actor-network approaches; techniques for capturing discourses; techniques for identifying proxies & using secondary sources; visual research methods.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- assess the analytical value of different types of methods relative to the student’s own research questions and theoretical framework;
- identify different types of methods’ particular logistical requirements and challenges;
- anticipate ethical issues posed by the use of specific research methods;
- design a data collection methods strategy aligned with the student’s own research questions and theoretical framework.


Workshops with lectures & interactive learning;
- exercises to practice specific methods & reflect on their effects;
- development of an individualised data collection methods strategy;
- self-study.


Each component must be marked with a 5.5 or higher:
- portfolio of peer-reviewed written post-session reflections (75%);
- individualised data collection methods strategy (25%).