Anthropological Fieldwork

Study facts

Course codeSANT322
ECTS credits30
Teaching semesterAutumn
Number of semesters1
Teaching language
English
Study levelPostgraduate Courses
Resources
Belongs toDepartment of Social Anthropology

Contact

Contact Information

Department of Social Anthropology

Fosswinckelsgate 6

5007 Bergen

Homepage: http://www.uib.no/antro

E-mail: advice@sosantr.uib.no

Phone: +47 55 58 92 50

Fax: +47 55 58 92 60

Aim and Content

In the third semester, the student will conduct fieldwork and collect data on a chosen research topic. The duration of the fieldwork is one full semester. After 2 to 3 months in the field, the student shall submit a progress report to his/her supervisor. In the report, he/she will present the preliminary findings and suggest theoretical approaches to deal with them. The purpose of the progress report is to help the student sharpen the research focus and identify the topics that remain to be investigated during the last part of the fieldwork. The supervisor shall send a written comment of the report within two weeks of its reception.

The course presumes independent work, advised by the supervisor, aiming to prepare the student for the subsequent writing up of the MPHIL thesis based on the student´s fieldwork.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

- acquire insight into other life-worlds through the application of anthropological field methods, of which participant observation is a central component.

- interact and communicate in a competent manner with people of different socio-cultural backgrounds.

- gather enough data material to write an ethnographically grounded analysis of the topics chosen for thorough investigation.

- allow new knowledge from fieldwork encounters to modify preconceived models and prompt new analytical questions.

Course offered (semester)

Autumn 2015, thereafter every 4th semester

Exam offered (semester)

Autumn 2015, thereafter every 4th semester

 

Course Unit Level

Master

Access to the Course Unit

The course is available to students at the master´s programme in anthropology of development.

Pre-requirements

In order to be accepted to the course there is a requirement of an average result of C or better after the completion of all mandatory coursework at the end of the first year (SANT303, SANT304, SANT307 and SANT309)

Teaching Methods

Independent application of fieldwork methods under supervision; written reporting.

The duration of the fieldwork is one full semester

Compulsory Requirements

The student must undertake independent fieldwork for a duration of one full semester.

Submission of at least one progress report during fieldwork (obligatory, part of exam).

Assessment methods

Submission and validation of field report

Grading Scale

Pass/Fail

Course Unit Evaluation

A third of the courses offered each semester will be evaluated through My Space