SANT8006 - 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 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 research questions and pre-fieldwork preparation to fieldwork strategies and ethical dilemmas, to analyzing data and preparation of the finished text.

Learning outcome

Upon completion, students would have acquired

  1. An understanding of the dynamics between theory and ethnographic practice.
  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. First-hand experience in presenting their own research to a professional audience. Including the making and reception of peer critique.
  5. 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 on different aspects of the ethnographic research cycle. Participants will be expected to submit a draft of their proposed 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

Further on evaluation

Submission of essay is required to obtain credits. The essay must fall within the following category: A discussion, analysis and critical appraisal of the course literature. The essay should not exceed 4500 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
SANT8004 5.0 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Sciences
  • 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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