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Fieldwork NL


Admission requirements

Only students who are registered as full-time Bachelor's students for CA-OS can participate in this course.

To participate in the Veldwerk NL, the following courses from the first year CA-OS must already be completed with a pass:

  • "Social scientific research in practice",

  • "Culture deciphered: statistics in practice",

  • "Scientific writing and academic (re) presentation" (AV1)

  • "Research practice" (AV2)

  • "The academic debate" (AV3).

Registration / enrollment

  • Students who wish to participate in this edition of Fieldwork NL are requested to register on Blackboard before 5 September.

  • Registration in Usis for this course is required only for the lectures (and not for work groups!). On the [website on course registration](https://www.student.universiteitleiden.nl/administratie/in--- uitschrijven/inschrijven-voor-vakken-en-tentamens/inschrijven-voor-vakken-en-tentamens/sociale- sciences / cultural-anthropology-and-development-sociology-ba? cf = social sciences & cd = cultural-anthropology-and-development-sociology-ba # tab-2) you will find the registration periods and further information about the procedure.

  • Attendance at the first lecture on September 5 is mandatory. During this meeting, we will go deeper into different themes and students can sign up for working groups.


On 7 September students will make their choices based on the themes presented by the supervisors. A research design will be written on the basis of compulsory workgroup meetings and specific assignments. Students will undertake research, approved by the supervisor, for three weeks in the Netherlands or Flanders. During their research students will be accommodated by host families; the students will write reports of their investigations. More detailed information follows on Blackboard.

Course objectives

The objective of this course is to learn how to undertake research independently but within a team. Participants in this programme will complete all phases of the research, which means they must, among other things:

  • elaborate a chosen research theme;

  • put into practice research based on a theory;

  • write a design;

  • collect research data;

  • analyse and report on their data;

  • present their work a one-day conference (a research seminar).


  • The course has 2 compulsory lectures: an introductory lecture and the post fieldwork lecture.

  • The course has eleven compulsory workgroups of 2 hours: 6 meetings in the first semester and 5 in the second semester. The working groups of the first semester take place on the Thursdays or Fridays and in the second semester on the
    Tuesdays - see the schedule for exact times and room numbers.

  • Fieldwork itself takes place in weeks 2 to 4 of 2019.

  • The final conference will take place in late April the Pieter de la Court building.

Exact times and room numbers of working groups will be announced on Blackboard together with available research themes.
Dates and room numbers of the lectures and the conference can be found on the website.

Mode of instruction

Total 10 ECTS = 280 sbu (study tax hours)

  • lectures: 2 × 2 hours (6 sbu)

  • working groups: 5 × 2 hours in the 1st semester and 3 × 2 hours in the 2nd semester (32 sbu)

  • assignments resulting in the research design and final report (122 sbu)

  • field work 3 weeks (120 sbu) - see also Comments at the bottom

Assessment method

There are 2 assessment moments for this component.

1) Testing of research design:

  • Joint contribution: 20% of final mark

  • Individual contribution: 25% of final mark
    Fieldwork may be taken into account only if both marks are adequate.

2) Review of research and final report:

  • Joint contribution: 30% of final mark

  • Individual contribution: 25% of final mark
    Printed and a digital (pdf) versions of the final research report must be submitted to the Secretariat CA-OS.

Only the final mark is registered in Usis and tests may be re-taken if grades are inadequate (grade 5 and lower).
The best Fieldwork-NL rapports are annually rewarded with The Prof.dr. J.D. Speckmann Prize.


Cöordinator Dr. Jasmijn Rana

Dr. Kate Kirk Dr. John Boy Nikkie Buskermolen MA Coco Kanters MRes


The costs of this research project amount to approximately € 270 (lodging, food and additional costs).