Most qualitative research methods courses offer theoretical framework, research planning, data collection and analysis in one course within one semester. For Master and PhD students in earlier stages who will prepare and conduct qualitative fieldwork, many opportunities, challenges and potential risks are not discussed well enough. It is hardly mentioned and discussed in training and academic conferences so far. This relates for instance to finding and including respondents in your sample, but also dealing with time and delay, and even violence and other forms of sexual harassment, which are all issues that until now are hardly discussed in preparations. The most careful planning can mean little once the researcher encounters the real world.
Learning ObjectivesUpon completion of this Difficult Settings - Preparing for Fieldwork course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, students will be able to:
- know how to cope with unexpected problems under difficult conditions.
- be able to reflect on your positionality, including your interactions with participants and boundaries, as a researcher in the field.
- understand how to better protect yourself as a researcher and your participants from potential negative effects.
- learn how to be flexible in your recruitment strategies due to the limited contact with people in the field during the global pandemic.
- In this course, by openly discussing specific issues, students have the liberty to make a choice in relation to each different situation.
- This course can bring to light the gap between textbook theory and methods in practice.
- 11 days
Start dates & application deadlines
- Deadline passed
Early Bird Deadline: 15 March
DisciplinesEthnic Studies Management, Organisation & Leadership Educational Research View 34 other Short Courses in Management, Organisation & Leadership in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
Who can join
- Master level students who want to embark on a PhD in social science, and PhD candidates in the early stages of their projects who already have knowledge of qualitative research in social sciences and have an interest in interdisciplinary studies.
- PhD candidates experiencing obstacles or setbacks in the financial, mental, and other areas that impact their research due to the global COVID pandemic.
- It is not necessary to provide us with proof of your English. We do expect your English to be sufficient to understand classes and course literature.
International950 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 950 EUR for the full programme during 11 days.
EU/EEA950 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 950 EUR for the full programme during 11 days.
- VU Students/PhD candidates and employees of VU Amsterdam* or an Aurora Network Partner: €650
- Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam: €500
- Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam : €950
- Professionals: €1150
Living costs for Amsterdam
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
If you have been accepted to VU Amsterdam Summer School and have paid the tuition fee, but due to unforeseen circumstances need to cancel, the following refunds will be given:
- Cancellation before 1 May: 100% of total fee will be refunded
- Cancellation before 1 June: 50% of total fee will be refunded
- Cancellation after 1 June: no refund will be given
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.