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Seminar: Methodological Specialization


Admission requirements

BA African Studies; BA …..?


This course on research methododologies and research methods is offered with a strong fieldwork orientation, preparing the students to reflect on the methodological implications of their research question with which they go 'into the field' later in the academic year. In the course qualitative and quantitative methods are explored, as is hands-on training in mixed methods. Whatever the appropriate methodological choices, in all instances the need for a strong reflexive element is emphasised.

It is a course which students fill according to the needs of their own specific research question / (fieldwork) research. For that reason they can follow this course offered by the Research Master African Studies itself or attend methodological courses offered by other study programmes that fit their methodological fieldwork requirements more effectively or appropriately. As long as the course taken fulfills the 5 EC requirement.

Course objectives

  • To match students' research question / fieldwork needs;

  • Explore and train various research methodologies by way of assignments;

  • To learn to reflect on the implications of methodological approaches in field work situations.


African Studies research

Mode of instruction

Lectures and workshops

Course Load

  • The course comprises 5 EC and the total course load is thus 140 hrs

  • 24 hrs of these will be spent on lectures

  • 116 hrs are to be spent on studying literature and on writing three assignment papers

Assessment method

The assessment is based on three assignment papers.

If a student fails to attain a pass on the basis of the evaluation of the three papers, a second chance will be offered to rewrite all or one or two of the papers and resubmit for evaluation. Decision on this will be taken by the course instructor (See below).

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Yes. Available for registered students. Course information, assignments and feedback are exchanged using Blackboard. Students upload their assignment papers on Blackboard.


Reading list

A list of compulsory and recommended literature will be made available a week before the course starts


Enrollment through uSis for the course and the examination or paper is mandatory.


Dr. Akinyinka Akinyaode

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk


Dr. Akinyaode and Dr. Harry Wels will mark the assignments.