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Thesis Seminar CADS


Students will participate in a seminar group tailored to the specific methodological challenges of their particular specialisation: Global Ethnography, Visual Ethnography, or Sociology of Policy in Practice.

Admission requirements

Admission is only for CADS students who have finished the fieldwork research for their master’s thesis.

Course Description

This 5 ECTS course aims to establish the analytical connection between experience of fieldwork and the data collected during fieldwork, and the theories and epistemologies discussed in the first part of the master's programme. The focus will be on the level of analysis, the units of analysis, and the process of constructing a written academic argument and, in the case of Visual Ethnography, an audiovisual component.


Please see the schedule

Mode of instruction

Students will remain in the same three groups as for the course Research Design and will meet in weekly tutorials.

Assessment Method

A series of short weekly assignments that will be graded. The grades will count proportionally towards the final grade for the course (80% of the final grade). Participation in class counts for 20% of the final grade. Presence in all classes is obligatory, from the start of the course.


Students are required to register for this course on Brightspace but do not need to register on uSis. (Registration for the exam is not required since there is no classical examination.)


Brightspace will be used to make information and assignments available. Brightspace module for this course will be available for registration by the end of February.

Reading List

There is no separate reading list for this course. Students will use literature from previous coursework in the programme, their fieldwork notes, and literature used for writing the master's thesis.

Contact Information

For the Global Ethnography group: Dr. Ratna Saptari
For the Visual Ethnography group Dr. Mark Westmoreland and Drs. Metje Postma
For the Policy in Practice group: Dr. J. Jansen