2017-2018 / SOCI0071-1

Building a fieldwork methodology


30h Th, 30h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in anthropology (120 ECTS)6 crédits 
 Master in sociology and anthropology (60 ECTS)6 crédits 


Guy Massart, Benjamin Rubbers


Guy Massart



Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course will consist in accompanying students in a small ethnographic research in Liège. Students will first be asked to write a research project. Next, they will have to go to the field for the purpose of producing a case study, combining observations, interviews and photography. During class meetings, they will present different aspects of their research (interviews, interpretation of data, and so on) with the purpose to listen to comments and suggestions from the group. 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The main purpose is to place students in a situation that will help them develop the professional skills of a social science researcher. At the end of the course, students will be able to define a problematic, to write a research project, to conduct interviews and make observations, and to interpret the data produced in this way.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

To have the desire to do ethnographic fieldwork

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

The course will take the form of a seminar.Students will be encouraged to engage in collaborative research processes. Participation in the sessions is essential.

Recommended or required readings

Students will have to find readings on the subject of their research.

Assessment methods and criteria

Grading is based on the final paper, the intermediary reports and class participation.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


The professor is available to meet students by appointment (email).