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Field Research Project NIMAR


Admission requirements

Having completed the first year of a BA programme.


Students conduct their own independent field research on a specific well-defined project during the last part of the term, under supervision of a lecturer 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;

  • acquiring skills in doing ethnographic research;

  • analysing and presenting data, both orally and in a written form.


The timetable is available on the NIMAR website.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

  • Research

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 (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.

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.


Blackboard will be used for reading and study materials.

Reading list



Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. General information on uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Drs. M.A. Maljers


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