Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Advanced Qualitative and Legal Methods in Criminology

when 6 July 2015 - 17 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 1335

As an advanced training in qualitative and legal methods in criminology, the course aims to be a platform for PhD students preparing or conducting their criminological fieldwork, to discuss the methodological challenges within their research projects. The emphasis will be on 'doing research': candidates will be supervised on small assignments linked to their own PhD research projects. Previous knowledge on qualitative method is required.

Despite their different backgrounds (mainly from law and social sciences), PhD candidates in criminology often lack an advanced training in qualitative and legal research methods, or a platform where to discuss the methodological challenges within their projects.

The course is open for PhD researchers from various disciplines preparing or conducting their fieldwork in the field of criminology. It will combine modules run by staff from the different universities involved in the DCGC, seminars for discussing readings and research progress, and time to work on their own research projects.

Six modules will focus on
a) open interviews
b) participant observation & (virtual) ethnography;
c) visual analysis (photos, images, films);
d) critical discourse analysis;
e) relevant legal methods (including content analysis of legal texts and international jurisprudence); and
f) qualitative data analysis and reporting.

Course leader

Dr. Brenda C. Oude Breuil (
Dr. Damián Zaitch (

Target group

The course is open for PhD candidates from various disciplines (law, social sciences, humanities) conducting criminological research. Participants should have previous knowledge in qualitative methods.

Course aim

After this course, PhD candidates will be able to:

a) make choices, apply and critically reflect on various qualitative and legal research methods useful for their research projects;
b) analyse and report qualitative data obtained using those methods.

Fee info

EUR 1335: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 995: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.

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