Course

Transformative and participatory qualitative research approaches and methods - 4 ECTS

The course will run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during period 4, for 3-hour blocks each of those days. Most days the sessions will start early afternoon.

Organised by Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)
Date

Mon 15 February 2021 until Fri 12 March 2021

Location Online

Introduction & objectives of the course

This course provides both conceptual and hands-on methodological engagement with transformative, participatory and action research approaches that use creative and arts-based research methods and techniques to foster the inclusion and engagement of diverse (often marginalised) perspectives and to bring into focus, examine and transform narratives, representations and practices. It gives students the opportunity to practice using these methods with individuals and groups, as well as to examine and assess these methods relative to ethics of/in action-oriented engagement and the opportunities and challenges they pose for data analysis and (re)presentation.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion participants are expected to be able to:

  • Understand both the political implications and the analytical strengths/weaknesses of transformative, participatory and action research approaches
  • Design an ethically and analytically sound methodological strategy informed by the above-mentioned approaches
  • Develop creative and arts-based research methods and techniques suited to the student’s specific research context and aligned with his/her own study needs
  • Reflect on their role and implications of being a researcher in a transformative, participatory and action research setting

Activities

Workshops with lectures & interactive learning; Exercises to practice specific methods & reflect on their effects; Self-study.

Assumed prior knowledge

Advanced Qualitative Research Design and Data Collection Methods (or similar)

Suggested prior knowledge: Qualitative Data Analysis (YRM 60806) PLUS EITHER Critical Perspectives on Social Theory (PhD course, thus no course code) OR Advanced Social Theory (CPT 55306)

Assessment

  • Reflexive output (e.g., video, creative writing piece, collage, essay) on the political implications and the analytical strengths/weaknesses of transformative, participatory and action research approaches, relative to the student’s own research study context and role (50%)
  • Curated and annotated reflexive portfolio of creative and arts-based research methods and techniques suited to the student’s specific research context and aligned with his/her own study needs (50%)
Course days
Monday Tuesday Thursday
February 15 February 16 February 18
February 23 February 24 February 26
March 1 March 2 March 4
March 8 March 9 March 11

Registration

The maximum number of participants is set at 20, the minimum at 8.

Please make sure that you provide the most recent contact details so that in case of any changes you will be notified promptly. After your internet registration you will receive a short notification that your name has been registered.

Course fee 

WGS PhDs with TSP € 300
a) All other PhD candidates b) Postdocs and staff of the above mentioned Graduate Schools € 600
All others € 900

Cancellation conditions:

The participants can cancel their registration free of charge 1 month before the course starts. A cancellation fee of 100% applies if a participant cancels his/her registration less than 1 week prior to the start of the course.

The organisers have the right to cancel the course no later than one month before the planned course start date in the case that the number of registrations does not reach the minimum.

The participants will be notified of any changes at their e-mail addresses.