DANS3005 - Fieldwork, Archiving and Digitialisation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment and Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 1/2 Passed/Failed
Portfolio assessment 1/2 Passed/Failed

Course content

The students will learn to conduct fieldwork, to register, systematize and enter the material into an archive. It will include testing out a variety of documentation techniques, including a selection of interview techniques, participatory observation, filming, sound recording, photographing and other. All through their work students will read and discuss in colloquia academic works connected to their different tasks. They will first be supervised through introductory exercises for the different techniques and tasks. Then they will carry out a real fieldwork project in groups choosing techniques appropriate for each project. The students will work with exercises on searching in archives. They will then register and archive the material they documented in a real archive. They will write an essay on the whole process, applying literature on fieldwork and archival techniques and principles.


Fieldwork methodologies.

Fieldwork experience using a variety of tools, equipment's and techniques.

Registering and archiving of collected material.

Archive and library searching.

Digital humanities and Digitisation.

Writing an essay based on fieldwork and archiving processes.

Learning outcome

Students who successfully complete this module will have acquired:
- A theoretical basis for conducting fieldwork and for registration and archiving.
- A basic knowledge in a broad range of fieldwork techniques.
- An elementary knowledge about different kinds of documentation media and how to store them.

Students who successfully complete this module will have acquired:
- A basic practice in using technical equipment.
- An understanding for how to use and search in archives.
- A practical grasp on principles for registering and archiving material collected from fieldwork.

Learning methods and activities

The tuition include a series of practical tasks in groups under supervision, including smaller and larger tasks. Colloquia on compulsory reading, supervised writing. Minimum required participation/attendance in class for Choreomundus students: At least 70%.

Further on evaluation

The students will produce a portfolio where they select material from 5 different exercises they have performed for assessment. It can be a field log, a set of photos, a piece of film, pieces from transcribed interviews, a piece of stringent observation. This will be worth 50 % of the overall grade.

The students will write an essay on their fieldwork project, supporting methodologies chosen by referring to the compulsory reading. This will be worth 50 % of the overall grade.

Both parts must be passed the same semester. Individual parts are not graded, only an overall grade is provided. For the course to be passed, both exam parts have to be delivered on a level that is equivalent to passing grade. Resit of the exam must include both parts again.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage (MACHOREO)
Dance Studies (MDANS)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to Choreomundus or NO-MA-DS.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Dance Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment and Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
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