AANA18107U Borderland: Critical Approaches to Field Research in the Global South
Summer school course 2019.
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to think critically about the research process in the conduct of research. It combines classroom learning with field engagement and immersion in local environment that include placement with local NGOs or ongoing research projects in and around Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand.
Emphasizing the research process rather than the mastery of a specific topic or method, the aim is to provide students with the tools to raise and address critical questions in their own research and a foundation from which they can apply the knowledge and practices from the course to future projects. We envision that, by the end of the course, each student will have produced a polished draft of a research project proposal (5-7 pages) that could be used for future engagement with the Global South.
Short video from the course, Summer 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUlQmYVXzuc&t=10s
- For students to have a deeper understanding and insights of the issues facing the Global South and the world in the 21st Century.
- For students to be able to raise and address critical questions in their own research.
- For students to engage with local NGOs and ongoing research projects, and integrate their knowledge/insights into their own research process.
- For students to have a critical foundation from which they can apply the knowledge and practices from the course to future projects.
- For students to be able to apply their knowledge and understanding to the development of a research proposal.
Course literature will be avaible via dropbox in the end of May.
Proficient English skills (written and oral) are a must.
The course is divided into four phases:
1. Pre-departure preparation: reading, online research on topics and contexts.
2. Introduction week: Classroom lectures, seminars, group work, field trips and preparation for entering the field
3. Field research: Placement with NGOs and research projects.
4. Evaluation and writing: Group presentations for invited stakeholders, writing and finalizing project proposals
The program schedule may be subject to change since this is a field course and we need to build in some flexibility in order to be able to accommodate local circumstances and exigencies if necessary.
For questions and more details about the course, contact Andreas Egelund Christensen at email@example.com
Student experiences from the course, Summer 2018: https://development.ku.dk/newslist/usek-news/student-experiences-in-northern-thailand/
To sign up for the course, you must submit an application. The application consists of an application form as well as a motivation letter (max. 500 words) including general motivation for taking this course, disciplinary background and past experiences related to global development and/or field methodologies, and a short statement indicating a research topic that you are interested in. The topic may be inspired by the themes that are the focus of the course or by a different theme related to critical challenges in the Global South. The proposal topic does not have to be about Thailand.
The application period is 20 December to 31 January. The application form will be available from 20 December via this course description.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, .Course participation, .Assessment will be based on a) active participation in the course including group work and b) submission of a well-developed research proposal.
The research proposal must be 5 to 7 pages (2400 key strokes pr. page)
- Exam registration requirements
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
Deadline for submission of the exam paper is Friday 26 July 2019.
To be announced
Criteria for exam assesment
See learning outcomes.
- Field Work