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FSW Selected Qualitative Methods

FSW - Selected Qualitative Methods

The goal of this course is to provide PhD candidates with high-quality guidance and information on conducting qualitative research allowing them to profit from the expertise about qualitative methods available in the FSS.

Course objectives

The goal of this course is to provide PhD candidates with high-quality guidance and information on conducting qualitative research allowing them to profit from the expertise about qualitative methods available in the FSS. At the end of the course, students

  1. have gained knowledge of different qualitative methods of data collection and analysis
  2. understand the role and position of selected qualitative methods in interdisciplinary / multi-method research
  3. are able to link qualitative data to their PhD research questions
  4. have gained hands-on experience in designing and using selected qualitative methods tools and analyzing the relative data

Prof. Dr. Ir. Kees Boersma

Prof. Dr. Ir. Kees Boersma

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Dr. Giulia Sinatti (g.sinatti@vu.nl)

Dr. Giulia Sinatti (g.sinatti@vu.nl)

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Giulia Sinatti

Course description

The course is meant for PhD candidates in different phases of their fieldwork: candidates both designing their methodological tools and who have already collected (some or all) field data will benefit from attending this course. There will be a practical focus on how to design qualitative data collection tools and choice of methods, as well as on how to analyze qualitative data and on the process of writing about results. Both social science students and students coming from non-social science disciplines are welcome to participate in this course. If the composition of students allows, the teachers plan to pay particular attention to multi-method and inter-disciplinary research approaches. PhD candidates in a before fieldwork phase will benefit from the course’s relatively broad focus on a variety of qualitative methods, on their strengths and weaknesses, on their combination with other methods, and on important issues when planning the methods for data collection. PhD candidates in an after fieldwork phase will benefit from the course’s practical focus on how to analyze qualitative data, and on the process of writing about results. Whenever possible, participants will be invited to work with their own collected material to increase the effectiveness of the course.

Study Characteristics

  • Language: English
  • ECTS: 4
  • Type of education: Blended (TBC)
  • Self paced: No
  • Academic skill: Research                
  • Available to: PhD students VU 
  • Graduate School: Graduate School of Social Sciences
  • Start date: 10.03.2022
  • End date: 14.04.2022
  • Discipline: Social Sciences
  • Min. number of students: 5
  • Max. number of students: 12
  • Admission criteria: Participants must also submit a short description of their PhD project and a draft research question (300 words) to the course instructors as soon as possible and at least one month before the start of the course.
  • Conclusing assessment: yes
  • Assessment type: essay
  • With certificate: yes
  • Roster/schedule info:

Session 1:  Thursday, 10 March 2022 (10.00-12.00)

Session 2:  Thursday, 17 March 2022 (10.00-12.00)

Session 3:  Thursday, 24 March 2022 (10.00-12.00)

Session 4:  Thursday, 31 March 2022 (10.00-12.00)

Session 5:  Thursday, 7 April 2022 (10.00-12.00)

Session 6:  Thursday, 14 April 2022 (10.00-12.00)

  • Registration deadline: 10.02.2022
  • Available to: PhD students VU. Fee for non VU-GSSS/AISSR members: € 600,- (You will be placed on a waiting list until the registration deadline)
  • Selected Qualitative Methods

    Course description

    The course is meant for PhD candidates in different phases of their fieldwork: candidates both designing their methodological tools and who have already collected (some or all) field data will benefit from attending this course. There will be a practical focus on how to design qualitative data collection tools and choice of methods, as well as on how to analyze qualitative data and on the process of writing about results. Both social science students and students coming from non-social science disciplines are welcome to participate in this course. If the composition of students allows, the teachers plan to pay particular attention to multi-method and inter-disciplinary research approaches. PhD candidates in a before fieldwork phase will benefit from the course’s relatively broad focus on a variety of qualitative methods, on their strengths and weaknesses, on their combination with other methods, and on important issues when planning the methods for data collection. PhD candidates in an after fieldwork phase will benefit from the course’s practical focus on how to analyze qualitative data, and on the process of writing about results. Whenever possible, participants will be invited to work with their own collected material to increase the effectiveness of the course.

    Study Characteristics

    • Language: English
    • ECTS: 4
    • Type of education: Blended (TBC)
    • Self paced: No
    • Academic skill: Research                
    • Available to: PhD students VU 
    • Graduate School: Graduate School of Social Sciences
    • Start date: 10.03.2022
    • End date: 14.04.2022
    • Discipline: Social Sciences
    • Min. number of students: 5
    • Max. number of students: 12
    • Admission criteria: Participants must also submit a short description of their PhD project and a draft research question (300 words) to the course instructors as soon as possible and at least one month before the start of the course.
    • Conclusing assessment: yes
    • Assessment type: essay
    • With certificate: yes
    • Roster/schedule info:

    Session 1:  Thursday, 10 March 2022 (10.00-12.00)

    Session 2:  Thursday, 17 March 2022 (10.00-12.00)

    Session 3:  Thursday, 24 March 2022 (10.00-12.00)

    Session 4:  Thursday, 31 March 2022 (10.00-12.00)

    Session 5:  Thursday, 7 April 2022 (10.00-12.00)

    Session 6:  Thursday, 14 April 2022 (10.00-12.00)

    • Registration deadline: 10.02.2022
    • Available to: PhD students VU. Fee for non VU-GSSS/AISSR members: € 600,- (You will be placed on a waiting list until the registration deadline)

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International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.fss@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on VU.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl

Contact

  • Irena Paap
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • masters.fss@vu.nl