GEO-30806 Research Methodologies for Tourism, Society & Environment


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper1
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MH Jacobs
MSc CC Lin
Lecturer(s)dr. K Doughty
dr. ir. MH Jacobs
MSc CC Lin
dr. AM Rijke
EA Adu-Ampong
prof. dr. EH Huijbens
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MH Jacobs

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

YSS-20306 Quantitative and Qualitative Research Techniques in the Social Sciences.


Building on students previous practical experience with methods, this course focusses on questions of the rationale for research, or 'why' questions: why do we use certain methods and procedures in certain situations? Why do we design research to focus on one aspect of a context and not another? Why does previous research knowledge matter for designing and implementing new research? Most importantly, how do we constructively assess previous research, in order to investigate old research problems with new questions?
The main focus of this course, therefore, is on the logical application of the methods students have learned previously, to design new research that demonstrates the ability to reflect on the overall theoretical and methodological context of a research project and choose an appropriate approach based on how these are connected to each other. For both the Qualitative and Quantitative sections of the course, students will write a brief research proposal, similar in structure to the Masters Thesis proposal, that will demonstrate how they are choosing theoretical literature and methodological resources to meet research goals.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- apply qualitative and quantitative social science research methods for examining phenomena relevant to tourism, society and environment;
- construct consistent and logical relationships between theory, research questions, and methods for data collection, analysis, and interpretation;
- evaluate the credibility of scientific research on the basis of methods and methodological arguments;
- formulate a research proposal that is consistent and coherent across its components, for both qualitative and quantitative research.


- lectures/discussion;
- critical reading activities;
- analytical software tutorials;
- ICT-based data analysis
- group exercises;
- individual project development;
- feedback on peers' projects.


The assessment consists of three elements:
- quantitative research proposal - 50%;
- qualitative research proposal - 50%.
A mark of 5.5 or higher for each of the two research proposals is required to pass.


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Verplicht voor: MTOTourism, Society and EnvironmentMSc4WD