SANT8004 - PhD Course in Ethnographic Method


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course exercises the ethnographic research cycle, highlighting the importance of development and articulation of research questions in relation to ethnographic fieldwork strategies in anthropological research. Thus, the course will cover the linkages from definition of the research question and pre-fieldwork preparation to fieldwork strategies and ethical dilemmas, to analyzing data and preparation of the finished text.

Learning outcome

Upon completion, students will have acquired

  1. An understanding of the dynamics between theory, fieldwork practice and writing up.
  2. Skills in the formulation of a conceptual research problem, relating it both to empirical field situations and existing theoretical debates
  3. Awareness of potential ethical issues.
  4. Practical experience in writing up an ethnographically based research text.
  5. First-hand experience in presenting their own research to a professional audience. Including the formulation and reception of peer critique.
  6. Knowledge in 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 in their research projects, and their own projects play a major role in the course. They submit a draft of their ethnographic research, allowing proposals to be pre-circulated to and read by participants prior to the course. Participants present their proposals during the course.

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).

Required previous knowledge

Masterdegree or equivalent, Candidates must have a PhD. project before entering this course

Course materials

Will be announced before course-start

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 2023

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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