Fieldwork Abroad

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode GEFA
Vaknaam Fieldwork Abroad
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b (The preparation starts in semester II a)

Uitgebreide vaknaam Fieldwork Abroad
Leerdoelen Students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of human geography and planning. They use their knowledge of key quantitative (eg. Surveying) and qualitative methods (eg. Interviewing), including GIS. In addition, they have an understanding of the diversity and complexity of social structures and processes. Because of the persons they face in the field, they have gained insight into relevant career prospects.
After attending the course, students have learned to apply the knowledge and understanding they have learned in their studies, in an unfamiliar context. They have learned to set up and carry out research under supervision. They can make an independent contribution to the formulation, analysis and solution of problems in their field.
Further, using primary and secondary data collected during the fieldwork they are able to interpret the results, evaluate, and to analyze and integrate interdisciplinary. On this whole learning process, they can reflect critically.
Opposite fellow students and teachers but also to specialists they face in the field, they can communicate their knowledge and understanding in Dutch and English, also using visualization and GIS. By completing the course students prove to be able to collaborate with fellow students constructively and to be able to deal with feedback from others.
Omschrijving Fieldwork is a type of experiential learning in which students learn on locations where socio-spatial phenomena occur. The course consists of an intensive introduction to a certain destination, lasting 2 weeks. Cultural geographic, demographic, economic geographic and planning themes are addressed. In varying groups students are undertaking different kinds of quantitative and qualitative research. Students are confronted with diverse, sometimes contradictory information on a range of issues. This demands a critical and evidence-based attitude. During the fieldwork, students are introduced to various people in their field such as entrepreneurs, policy makers, planners, scientist and members of non-profit organizations. In comparison with other course units in which students perform research, the key feature of fieldwork is that it requires greater responsibility from students in relation to the material to be researched and the ways chosen to collect and analyse data.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm Excursions, Fieldwork, Seminars
Toetsvorm Active participation, Group assignments, Oral presentation
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator drs. H.C. Diederiks
Docent(en) drs. H.C. Diederiks ,dr. P.D. Groote , Other lecturers
Opmerkingen At the start of the academic year, an inventory is made of the number of students who wish to participate in this study component. The destinations are also announced during an information meeting. Students must be prepared to make a personal contribution to the costs of this fieldwork of €800. If demand exceeds supply for a particular destination, those who have completed the first two years of their study programme can expect to be selected. Study progress is one of the criteria in the selection process. Participation is guaranteed if at least 90 EC are obtained at the reference date in the beginning of the academic year. Students who have good arguments why they can’t participate in the fieldwork to one of the two regular destinations can request to participate in a small-scale non-familiar alternative. The programme coordinator (Sander van Lanen) and fieldwork coordinator (Chris Diederiks) will decide on the requests. Also, we sometimes have 3rd year students who are studying at a foreign partner university, in semester 2b. That’s why they can’t participate in the regular Fieldwork Abroad course. These students also need to do a similar alternative form of fieldwork, as described above, during their visit abroad. This can be individual or, in case of more students at the same partner university, in a group. Paul van Steen (coordinator exchange) and Chris Diederiks (coordinator fieldwork) jointly coordinate this kind of projects.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Planning  (Basic programme Human Geography & Planning) 3 semester II b verplicht