SANT8004 - PhD Course in Ethnographic Method


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course seeks to highlight centrality of the construction and articulation of theoretical problems and ethnographic data in anthropological research. Thus, the course will cover the linkages from definition of the problem and pre-fieldwork preparation, to fieldwork strategies and ethical dilemmas, to analysing data and preparation of the finished text. It will also include an introduction to a range of software tools available for data collection, analysis, and manuscript preparation.

Learning outcome

Upon completion, students would have acquired

1. An understanding of the dynamics between theory, fieldwork practice and writing up of results.
2. Skills for the construction of a conceptual research problem relating it both to an empirical field situation as well as with existing theoretical debates
3. Awareness of potential ethical issues.
4. Hands on experience in writing up an ethnographically based research piece.
5. First-hand experience in presenting their own research to a professional audience. Including the making and reception of peer critique.
6. Acquired knowledge on the current state-of-the-art literature.

Learning methods and activities

This course aims to bring together PhD candidates from Nordic and other institutions for three days of intensive lectures and discussions, in addition to follow up tutoring on different aspects of the ethnographic research cycle. Participants are expected to apply ethnographic methods on their research project. They shall submit a draft of their ethnographic research. This will allow proposals to be pre-circulated to and read by participants prior to the course. Participants will present their proposals in class.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory attendance at the lectures
  • Oral presentation
  • Follow up tutoring

Further on evaluation

Submission of an essay is required to obtain credits. The essay must fall within the following categories:
a) A discussion and critical appraisal of course literature and b) an application of the course contents to the participants own research. The essay should not exceed 8000 words (excluding bibliography and notes).

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Masterdegree or equivalent.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SANT8006 5.0 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Anthropology


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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