SDC-22306 Field Research Practical

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper
Lecture2
Tutorial6
Field practical80
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. ED Rasch
Lecturer(s)RM Beune
dr. ir. LA de Vries
dr. ED Rasch
ir. J Schakel
drs. J Messing
PC Ferner
MMA de Looijer
N Middeldorp
RZ van Balen
Examiner(s)dr. ED Rasch

Language of instruction:

Dutch

Assumed knowledge on:

SDC-21306 Methods, Techniques and Data Analysis for Field Research.

Contents:

The research practical is a learning exercise to develop basic skills in: collecting data using a wide range of techniques, analysing data using a number of different modes of analysis, and presenting their research findings in a report. The students carry out individual exploratory research outside the Netherlands, based on a research proposal. During the first week, the students prepare their research proposal and they study relevant secondary literature. The following two weeks, they conduct individual, primary research, staying with a host family in the UK or Ireland. The research is focussed on primary field data collected through different kinds of interviews, participatory observations, genealogies, mapping, etc. from anthropological and micro-economic perspectives. The fourth week is spent analysing data, and writing a report.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- design a research, including research questions, from preliminary literature research;
- build up rapport in a fieldwork situation;
- use various exploratory research techniques;
- cope with unexpected field work situations;
- write down fieldnotes and organize fieldwork material;
- systematically analyse fieldwork material, using different types of analyses;
- reflect on methodology and position of the researcher in doing fieldwork;
- write a research report.

Activities:

- during the first week the students prepare their research proposal and they study relevant secondary literature;
- then they depart to the field where they participate in individual research for two weeks, staying with a family.
- research is focussed on primary field data collected through different kinds of interviews, participatory observation, genealogies, etc. from a micro-economic and anthropological perspective.
- the fourth week is spent on analysing data and information and on writing the research reports.

Examination:

- research proposal (15%);
- fieldwork (40%);
- midterm report (5%);
- research report (40%);
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.50 to pass.

Literature:

Guidelines for field practical are available; no compulsory literature; gathering and reviewing literature during preparation stage and on field work location.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: BINInternational Development StudiesBSc6WD