RSS01.B8 ​​Ethnography and Fieldwork​ - Confirmed

Examining and understanding human behavior, including how social, organizational, administrative and political processes play out in different arenas, is a key concern for many social scientists. Ethnography differs from other social science research approaches in that it examines how phenomena unfold in their natural context and is particularly sensitive to the perspective of participants as well as the significance of context for understanding what is going on. Ethnographic approaches are thus well suited to shed light on a broad variety of political and organizational phenomena; yet, they are still rarely used in political science research.

However, ethnographic approaches have gained renewed attention in recent years. The purpose of this course is to give participants the knowledge and skills required to design, carry out and evaluate ethnographic research. Although the ethnographic approach has many strengths, there are also many challenges and issues to be considered when doing ethnographic research:
  • How do you define the field you are studying?
  • How do you negotiate access and handle interaction with research participants?
  • How do you take into account the researcher's presence and influence on what is happening in the field?
  • How do you document what you observe, and how do you analyze, interpret and infer from your own observations and field notes?
  • What are the relevant criteria for evaluating ethnographic research, and what about the generalizability of one's findings?
These are just some of the questions that should be addressed in ethnographic studies. Through active participation in this course, participants will gain the knowledge and tools to engage with such questions in relation to their own research projects as well as ethnographic studies in general.

In relation to this, the course will also enable participants to navigate the complex landscape of social science research methods and methodologies from the perspective of ethnography and reflect on challenges and benefits when combining ethnographic approaches with other social science approaches


19 June 2023 - 23 June 2023
Course Fee

Regular: €995
Students & PhD's: €645

Early Bird Regular: €895 (application deadline* April 1st) 
Early Bird Students & PhD's: €580,50 (application deadline* May 15th)

Scholarships and discounts Find more information here
Application deadline

May 15th

*Your application is only completed when the course fee has been paid

Course leader Mathilde Cecchini
Level of participant
  • Master
  • PhD
  • Post-Doc
  • Professional
Admission requirements ​Participants are expected to have basic training in qualitative and interpretive methods including knowledge about fundamental principles of interpretivist research. Participants are not expected or required to have prior knowledge or experience with ethnographic methods.
Admission documents
  • ​To get the student/PhD discount you need to upload a copy of your Student card or other proof of registration
  • If you are not a student/PhD, you can upload an empty document under 'Student Card'.
Mode of Study On Campus
ECTS 2 or 4 Find more information here
Location Radboud University