Anthropological Fieldwork

  • ECTS credits30
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeSANT322
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Objectives 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 studentĀ“s fieldwork.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Independent application of fieldwork methods under supervision; written reporting.

The duration of the fieldwork is one full semester

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

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).

Semester of Instruction

Autumn 2017, thereafter every 4th semester

Level of Study


Access to the Course

The course is available to students at the masterĀ“s programme in anthropology of development.

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.

Required Previous Knowledge

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 (SANT304, SANT307 and SANT309)

Assessment Semester

Autumn 2017, thereafter every 4th semester

Forms of Assessment

Submission and validation of field report

Grading Scale


Course Evaluation

All courses are regularly evaluated according to UiB's quality assurance system.


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