Dutch Politics and Qualitative Methods

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Dutch Politics and Qualitative Methods

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course has two goals:
    1) To deepen the students' knowledge and understanding of Dutch politics.
    2) To enhance the students' skills in assessing and executing political science research, by making them familiar with some important
    qualitative methods. Both objectives are closely related: students will study Dutch politics by means of qualitative research and they will learn about qualitative methods by applying them to issues in Dutch politics.

    Consensus democracy, constitutional monarchy, multicultural society, unified-yet-decentralized state, bicameral parliament, multiparty
    system, proportional electoral system, loyal member of NATO, founding member of the EU - politically speaking, the Netherlands is a complex and fascinating case. This course will discuss some essential characteristics of the Dutch political system and pay attention to
    influential current developments, such as the rise of populism, Europeanization, and 'glocalization'. These topics will be studied by
    means of political scientific studies in which various qualitative methods have been used, such as (comparative) casestudy analysis
    (including process tracing), document analysis, (expert) interviewing, and ethnography (including participative observations). We will discuss the theoretical background of these methods, but also the practical do’s and don’ts and pros and cons. Students will learn to understand and assess existing qualitative research and in the working group sessions they will practice the use of qualitative research methods themselves.

     - Lectures
    - Working group sessions

    - Participation and assignments in seminars (20%)
    - Writing assignment (30%)
    - Exam (50%)

    Academic Skills Workshops 1 & 2

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