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Field research project

Vak 2017-2018

Admission requirements

Having completed first year of a BA programme.


An independent field research on a specific well-defined project during the last part of the term, under supervision of a lecturer students and with weekly intervision. They may do this individually, or in small groups of two or three students. They report on their research in an ethnographic report, a combination of original empirical research, study ofexisting literature, and a theoretical framework.

Course objectives

  • gaining in-depth understanding of Moroccan society;
  • quiring skills in doing ethnographic research;
  • analysing and presenting data, both orally and in a written form.



Mode of instruction

  • Seminar
  • Research

Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenors need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Course Load

Total course load 15 EC x 28 hours= 420 hours

  • Research: 240 hours
  • Weekly meetings: 24 hours (including preparation)
  • Writing paper: 156 hours (including reading secondary literature)

Assessment method


  • Paper
  • Participation


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average:

  • Paper (75 %)
  • Participation (25 %)

The field research project should result in a term paper.

In the Introduction the students present their research questions, the status quaestionis by reviewing relevant literature, their theoretical and conceptual framework, the methods of research, location of research and particularities of their informants, offer a reflection on their own role, consider ethical issues, and present the structure of the paper.

In the following sections they present the fieldwork findings.

Every paper ends with some Conclusions, in the form of answers to the initial research questions.

The literature consulted is presented in a Bibliography.

Please consult The Chicago Manual of Style for conventions.

An individual term paper counts about 10,000 words, a paper written by two students between 15,000 to 20,000 words, and the work of three students about 25,000 to 30,000 words. Line spacing is 1.5, the font used is preferably Times New Roman, font size 12.

The term paper should be submitted before 23 January 2017.


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighed average.

In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher. Students receiving an overall grade of 5.49 (=5) or lower, will be allowed to rewrite their paper. The deadline for this version will be determined in consultation.

Exam Review

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.


More information on this course is offered on Blackboard.

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