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)dr. ME Ormond
Lecturer(s)dr. R Fletcher
dr. ir. CPG Driessen
dr. ME Ormond
prof. dr. VR van der Duim
dr. SP Koot
AGM de Vrieze
dr. R Lie
dr. K Doughty
dr. PA Tamas
Examiner(s)dr. ME Ormond

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; and 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%).