SANT3023 - Fieldwork


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100

Course content

How to undertake an anthropological fieldwork? Your fieldwork will be based on the project description that was developed in SANT 3022. Fieldwork should be of a minimum 5 months duration. While you are free to choose both thematic and field site according to your own particular interests and curiosities, you are, also much welcome to place your own research locus and focus closer to the ongoing research themes and projects at the department. By applying practical and concrete methodologies, such as participant observation, narratives and interviews, you will be challenged to collect ethnographic data on an independent basis that will form the bedrock of your master thesis. Projects based on empirical studies other than fieldwork may be approved, in exceptional circumstances, by agreement with the department. 

Learning outcome

Upon completing this course you are able to make use of anthropological methods and to produce knowledge about different ways of life and life worlds. You have an advanced ability to immerse yourself in other people's perspectives, and to see your own perspective from the outside. You can change perspective and ask new questions in light of new knowledge. You have a very good command of participant observation, interview techniques, use of references, text analysis and other relevant methods. You can also make continuous scientific and ethical assessments throughout the entire fieldwork process.

Learning methods and activities

The fieldwork starts 1 March and lasts for five months minimum. You can do the fieldwork in Norway or abroad. You must submit 4 field reports to your supervisor during your fieldwork. You and your supervisor make agreements about the topic and the deadlines.

Compulsory assignments

  • Four field reports

Further on evaluation

An oral presentation based on your field reports. The presentation will be held for your supervisor and fellow students.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Social Anthropology (MSANT)

Required previous knowledge

SANT3020, SANT3021 and SANT3022 or SANT3000 and SANT3100 and approved project description.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SANT3002 15.0 AUTUMN 2018
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Version: 1
Credits:  30.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Anthropology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Anthropology


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 2021-10-01
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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