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Difficult Settings, Preparing for Fieldwork

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1 week
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available
Amsterdam
English
Virtual open day
2/6/2021
Virtual open day
3/6/2021

Program description

Difficult Settings, Preparing for Fieldwork

In this winter course, the lecturers speak about the difficulties and concerns that they have encountered in their various fields of research. By openly discussing specific issues, students have the liberty to make a choice regarding the different situations. This course brings to light the gap between textbook theory and methods in practice.

Admission requirements

Who Should Join

The course is intended for the master’s level and PhD students who have knowledge of qualitative research in social science and have interests in interdisciplinary studies, focusing on practical issues that researchers will face in the field. The candidates should be able to design their qualitative research (short proposal in a specific research question).

Course level: Advanced Bachelor, Master students, PhD and professionals


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Program content

In this winter course, the lecturers speak about the difficulties and concerns that they have encountered in their various fields of research. By openly discussing specific issues, students have the liberty to make a choice regarding the different situations. This course brings to light the gap between textbook theory and methods in practice. Due to the short period of time in this winter course, it focuses on two qualitative research methods: an in-depth interview and field observation through scenario-based training. Each topic includes one specific scenario under fixed contexts. There are some awkward and worrisome situations, sometimes risks, in each scenario for students to cope with. Topics such as the researchers’ personal involvement and their influence in the field will be discussed thoroughly.

  • The researcher as its own main research method; Preparing for fieldwork.
  • Observation in the field: what to observe; everything around you is the data as well as how to choose your own position and influence in data collection.
  • The relationship between the researcher & participants: an in-depth interview about sensitive and private topics and participants with a history of mental health issues.
  • Ethics in the fields: rewards; what can we offer when participants ask more than we can/should offer.
  • Recruitment strategy: possible ways to advertise your research and increase your recruitment rate.
  • Dealing with uncertainty: fieldwork and data collection happens in the real world, which requires you to adapt to other people, systems, etc. This can cause feelings of insecurity and anxiety. How to deal with this?
  • Challenges and how to keep flexibility during coronavirus global pandemic: discussion about social distancing’s impact in the field, risk management, and how the researcher can adapt to the new condition.
  • Vulnerability in the field: As a researcher, you’re in a vulnerable position. You might be in a place you’re not familiar with, while at the same time you feel you need to go as much ‘native’ as possible. This leads to a lot of interesting and fun moments, but also to vulnerability as a researcher and how to deal with this situation.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information

Program delivery

Lectures, interactive workshops including role-plays

Tuition fees

Students and PhD Students: €600

Professionals: €800

Students, PhD students and employees at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC: €500

Applications received before the 1 October (Early Bird Discount): -€50

 

The tuition fee includes: 

  • Application and registration
  • Exclusive course content for a limited number of participants
  • Individual/group guidance from course organiser
  • Access to all online VU facilities such as the library and online learning environments
  • A certificate of attendance after completing the course 
  • A transcript of records mentioning the grade and the obtained ECTS
  • Full support of the winter school team
  • Optional online social activity

Qualification

Credits - 2 ECTS

  • To provide you a broader impression and view of fieldwork, especially in difficult environments and situations
  • To understand the complex situation in the field.
  • To know how to cope with unexpected problems under difficult conditions
  • To be able to reflect on your positionality, including your interactions with participants and boundaries, as a researcher in the field.
  • To enhance the capability of carrying out qualitative research in practice.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...


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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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