Syllabus for Ethnography
- 7.5 credits
- Course code: 5KA426
- Education cycle: Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Cultural Anthropology A1N,
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
- G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
- G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
- G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
- GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
- A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
- AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
- Established: 2017-10-25
- Established by: The Department Board
- Applies from: Autumn 2018
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university
- Responsible department: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology
The objective of the course is to give an in-depth knowledge of ethnographic research methods.
After accomplishing the course the student is expected to:
- Problematise ethnographic methods for data collection and analysis with special emphasis on fieldwork, participant observation and field techniques.
- Be able to practically implement ethnographical research methods
Ethnography is a qualitative method with origins in cultural and social anthropology, although in recent years it has become increasingly popular amongst scholars in many other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. The aim of this course is to discuss and practice ethnography and other anthropological methods. During this ten weeks course, we combine practical exercises with reading texts on research methodology. After the course you will know how to do ethnography in a comprehensive way, and appreciate its endless possibilities.
The course is comprised of one or more of the following forms: lectures, seminars, field practice. Language of instruction is English.
The examination will be in one or more of the following forms: home exam, memo writing, group work, active seminar participation and oral presentations. The course will be graded pass with distinction (VG), pass (G) or fail (U).
Applies from: Autumn 2023
Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.
Davies, Charlotte Aull
Reflexive ethnography : a guide to researching selves and others
2. ed.: London: Routledge, 2008
De León, Jason
The land of open graves : living and dying on the migrant trail
Oakland, California: University of California Press, 
Wilk, Richard R.
Exploring everyday life : strategies for ethnography and cultural analysis
Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, cop. 2016
Emerson, Robert M.;
Fretz, Rachel I.;
Shaw, Linda L.
Writing ethnographic fieldnotes
2. ed.: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011
Digital ethnography : principles and practice
1st edition.: London: SAGE, 2016
Reading list revisions
- Latest reading list (applies from Autumn 2023)
- Previous reading list (applies from Autumn 2022)