Fieldwork Preparation Cultural Geography

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2020/21
Vaknaam Fieldwork Preparation Cultural Geography
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Fieldwork Preparation Cultural Geography
Leerdoelen 1. To gain knowledge of the different ways in which different meanings of places/regions are constructed, contested, and negotiated;
2. To gain knowledge of different quantitative methods of measuring place meanings and liveability/wellbeing, and the empirical applicability of these methods;
3. To develop and apply questionnaires, surveys, observations and other methods to collect quantitative empirical data; as well as to perform systematic analysis of these data with predefined/deductive analysis schemes;
4. To experience and learn the importance of both a thorough preparation, and creativity and flexibility in executing a research project
5. To further develop skills and competences focusing on
a. Collaborating with others, both in the research group and in the field;
b. Presenting, reflecting and giving feedback on research projects, including those of the other groups. This involves listening to the other groups and understanding their projects and research decisions;
c. Taking initiatives and responsibilities in order to react on unforeseen circumstances during the fieldwork
6. To gain insight in the ways measured place meanings and liveability can be used in a professional context.
Omschrijving Please take note that this year’s course is different due to Covid-19 measures – this course takes the form of a fieldwork preparation this year

The fieldwork preparation aims at learning and practicing different methods that can be used to do empirical research into cultural geographical key concepts such as place attachment, sense of place, (regional) identities, representations, iconic landscapes, and liveability in the field. The course will be taught online, with a number of lectures in which students learn about different research methods as used by international researchers.
In preparation of their master’s thesis, students will come up with an epistemologically sound methodological approach for a potential study on a cultural geographical topic. Students will be able to provide arguments for their methodological approach. Students will be evaluated on their written rationale, oral (online) presentation of their rationale and research instrument, and their ability to defend their chosen approach following peer review.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Lectures, Seminars
Toetsvorm Active participation, Group assignments digital, Individual assignments digital, Oral presentation
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. K. Salemink
Docent(en) dr. K. Salemink , S. van Lanen
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
A list with around 10 international journal articles will be provided shortly before the course starts.
Opmerkingen Compulsory course unit for students CG, also open for students ReMa.
The course will be taught online.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Cultural Geography  (Cultural Geography: Tourism Geography & Planning (track)) 1 semester I a verplicht
MSc Cultural Geography  (Basic programme Cultural Geography) 1 semester I a verplicht
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional methodological courses (GERMMETH) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester I a keuze