Comparative Regional Ethnography
Level of Study
Objectives and Content
The point of departure for this course is the thematic courses the student has taken during the BA program. Central perspectives and debates from these courses are made relevant with respect to two specific regions. Lectures will be organized so as to encourage a comparative perspective on the two regions; each theme will be taken up ethnographically, emphasizing variation in cultural and social forms. Weight will be placed on how enduring traits in cultural and social form relate to historical and natural preconditions, while at the same time offering the student an introduction to critical perspectives on the theoretical preconceptions than underlie the bounding of regions. In addition to lectures, ethnographic films will be screened.
A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- Provide an overview of central traits in cultural and social forms in two ethnographic regions
- Be familiar with essential features of anthropological comparison
- Apply insights into sociality, materiality, meaning and power in a regional comparative perspective
- Discuss socio-cultural realities in the regions in the light of imperialism, globalization and other historical contingencies
- Reflect upon theoretical challenges in cross-cultural and regional comparison
- Apply anthropological concepts and perspectives apposite in regional comparison
- Discuss and compare regional characteristics in an independently authored text
- Be familiar with the main features of qualitative method and be able to reflect on them
- Be able to read and write text within specific professional genres
Required Previous Knowledge
Access to the Course
This course is open to students at UiB
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and workshops
2 hours per week
14-15 weeks, approx.30 hours in total
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
One week take home exam. 3000 words (+/-10%)
Assessment in teaching semester and the following semester.
The reading list will be ready before 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 Decemeber for the spring semester.
All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB.
The Department of Social Anthropology at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.
Department of Social Anthropology
55 58 92 50 / 55 58 94 51