Netherlands, Utrecht

Advanced Qualitative and Legal Methods in Criminology

when 3 July 2017 - 14 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 1345

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 Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology (DCGC), seminars for discussing readings and research progress, and time to work on their own research projects.

Four modules will focus on:

a) conducting ethnographic open interviews and participant observation;
b) analyzing visual data (photos, images, films) and discourse analysis;
c) applying a range of relevant legal methods (including content analysis of legal texts and jurisprudence, case and comparative legal methods); and
d) qualitative data analysis and reporting

Course leader

Dr. Brenda Oude Breuil (
Dr. Damián Zaitch (

Target group

The course is open for PhD candidates, preferably in their early stage, conducting or planning criminological research. They can come from any relevant related discipline, including law, criminology, social sciences, psychology, humanities, etc. Basic previous knowledge on research methods is required.

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.

Credits info

5 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1345: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 995: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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