Sociology of Policy in Practice (MSc)
Learn how to conduct policy-oriented research, join one of our field schools and gain relevant working experience.
You will follow several courses that aim to make the research internship as successful as possible. From writing an academic research proposal to the complex task of writing up data once you return from your research internship. Each student also receives individual supervision for the duration of the programme to discuss the research proposal and process of the thesis.
A number of courses highlighted
Large Issues, Small Places is meant as an introduction to the practice of ethnographic research, with its predominant focus on the issues of the writing of ethnography, the philosophy of science behind the practice of research, the reading and judging of an ethnography, and some of the basic theoretical principles behind ethnographic methods and ethics, and the setting up of ethnographic objects and projects.
Research Design aims to prepare students for the practical and epistemological complexities of conducting ethnographic fieldwork. The course centres on three-hour tutorials. In these tutorials issues related to formulating the main research questions, operationalisation, methodology, ethics and the organisation of each student’s research internship will be discussed.
As a Sociology of Policy in Practice student, you can join one of our field schools in Ghana or the Netherlands. Field schools provide additional training in ethnographic research techniques, in which you gain insights in some of the most frequently used tools and techniques (e.g. interview, survey, network analysis and mapping or photo and video elicitation) that may help you with your research internship.
The Thesis Seminar aims to establish the analytical connection between, on the one hand, the fieldwork experiences and the data collected during fieldwork, and, on the other hand, the theories and epistemologies discussed in the first part of the Master's programme. The focus will be on the level of analysis, the units of analysis, and the process of constructing a written academic argument.
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In the e-prospectus, you will find a complete overview and full course descriptions of the courses Sociology of Policy in Practice has to offer.
Current Policy in Practice research internships
Students enrolled in the master's specialisation in Sociology of Policy in Practice develop a research project that includes a three months fieldwork period at a specific organisation. These research internships will be regularly monitored by the student’s supervisor and a designated contact person at the host organisation during the preparation, the execution and the reporting of the research by the student.
See below our lists with available internships which are being permanently updated:
(Please note: Most of the policy-oriented research internships in the Netherlands are in Dutch)
- CultuurSchakel, Den Haag (Bart Barendregt)
- Gemeente Goeree-Overflakkee (Jan Jansen)
- Gemeente Heerenveen (Peter Pels)
- Gemeente Leiden (Janneke Verheijen)
- Inclusiveness and Diversity at FSW, Leiden University
- Inclusiveness and Diversity at LIACS, Leiden University
- National Museum of World Cultures (NMVW)
- Oogfonds (Jan Jansen)
- Stichting Landelijk Ongedocumenteerden Steunpunt
- Tape-a-house (Peter Pels)