- At the end of this Comprehensive Research Methodology and Design from University of Amsterdam, students will have a good understanding of the most important principles and practices of social science research. They will also be able to improve their knowledge and skills independently after the course, and thus pursue their substantive research interests without methodological hindrance.
- This programme begins with the presentation and discussion of the most important qualitative methods for all students in the social and behavioural sciences. We then focus on the inferential possibilities and limitations of various research strategies, introducing students to the crucial issues of research design.
- The course starts with the presentation and discussion of the most important qualitative methods (participant observation as a key element of ethnographic research, the interview, and the focus group discussion), paying attention to their epistemological foundations and to their practical application in different disciplines such as anthropology, sociology or political science.
- In these sessions, issues related to the collection, analysis and presentation of qualitative data will be discussed, and real-life research examples will be provided.
- The summer programme then focuses on the inferential possibilities and limitations of various case selection strategies, which will introduce students not only to a crucial issue of research design, but also to an essential topic in the vast domain of (comparative) case study research. A subsequent session will discuss the links between theory and data, with a focus on conceptualization, description, and causality.
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At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- understand the key notions and principles behind qualitative and quantitative approaches to data collection and analysis;
- independently conduct a mini-ethnography on a given topic, combining participant observation and interviewing;
- independently conduct a short quantitative analysis on a given topic, using the SPSS software and real-life survey data;
- independently develop a short but sound mixed-method research design on a given topic, combining different case selection strategies in a meaningful and effective manner;
- critically assess the value and validity of published research that uses a qualitative, quantitative or mixed-method design.
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
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- A letter of motivation stating why you want to enroll in this summer programme specifically. This letter should be between 400-500 words, and state in detail why you are interested in this particular programme, and how your experience/background recommends you as a student, and what you hope to gain/learn from the course. Please read the information on our website to learn more about the programme to which you are applying.
International1200 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 1200 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
EU/EEA1200 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 1200 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
- Academic fees internal: €850
- Academic fees external: €1200
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