Bachelor's Project

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vaknaam Bachelor's Project
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II
(dit vak wordt ook buiten deze periode aangeboden; zie opmerkingen)

Uitgebreide vaknaam Bachelor's Project
Leerdoelen - Conduct empirical academic research, under supervision, in the area of human geography or spatial planning and design within an international and interdisciplinary research context;
- Choose and apply an adequate theoretical framework;
- Employ relevant research methods (quantitative or qualitative) to independently collect primary or secondary data;
- Employ statistical techniques or qualitative data analysis to independently analzse the data they have collected;
- Discuss the empirical and/or practical implications of their research;
- Dresent their findings both orally and in writing;
- Reflect on their own work and that of fellow students;
- Position their research topics within the context of relevant social and policy-related developments world-wide.
Omschrijving The Bachelor’s Project constitutes the final component of the BSc in "Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning" (HGP) or BSc in "Spatial Planning and Design" (SPD). It is an opportunity for students to put into practice the skills they have learned in the socio-spatial research line. It entails formulating a research question, developing and applying a theoretical framework, applying GIS, statistical analysis techniques and/or interview techniques, and conducting data analyses. In this course unit, students are expected to adopt a critical attitude towards their own research (process) and that of others. Furthermore, students have to put into practice their argumentation and discussion skills. Through a series of lectures, group sessions, and open office hours, the different components of doing research are discussed and supervised.

The content of the various group themes ties in with the different course units in the curriculum. By selecting a topic within a theme that matches their interests, students in the Bachelor Project will be well-prepared to go on to a Master’s degree program or to enter the job market.

Students in the Bachelor Project course unit register in groups of approximately eight students, in which they work on an individual research project as part of a central group theme. The central theme is provided by the thesis supervisor of the group via Nestor. There is ample opportunity for students to bring their own focus to the theme. From their initial acquaintance with the theme, students will work on eight assignments, building on one another, in accordance with the research process for socio-spatial research. The assignments deal with: theoretical framework, research proposal, data collection instrument, data collection, data analysis, and reports in the form of a poster and an individual thesis of about 6,000 words.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm Independent study, Lectures, Seminars
Toetsvorm Individual assignments, Oral presentation, Thesis
Vaksoort bachelor
Docent(en) B.J. Kuper, MSc. ,dr. S. Verweij
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Key Methods in Geography. Third Edition, Sage Publishing, London N. Clifford, M. Cope, T. Gillespie, S. French (2016) 9781446298602 ca. €  50,00
Introduction to Social Research. Third Edition. London: Sage Publications Ltd. K.F. Punch (2014) 9781446240939 ca. €  45,00
Entreevoorwaarden The courses:
-Geographic Information Systems
-Methods for Academic Research (and also Introduction of Academic Research)
-Statistics 2 (and also Statistics 1)
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Planning  (Basic programme Human Geography & Planning) 3 semester II verplicht
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Basic programme BSc Spatial Planning and Design) 3 semester II verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Economic Geography) - semester II verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Society, Sustainability and Planning) - semester II verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Cultural Geography) - semester II verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Real Estate Studies) - semester II verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Environmental and Infrastructure Planning) - semester II verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Population Studies) - semester II verplicht