ANTH4030 – Advanced Anthropological Methods

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Course content

The course will familiarize you with key concepts, foundational problems and topics related to anthropological methodology. To be taken in parallel with ANTH4010 – Advanced Anthropological Theory and ANTH4020 – Academic Writing and Project Development, emphasis will be placed on the close relationship between theory and method within our research tradition. We will also reflect on the historically contingent nature of the methodological tool-kit that anthropologists have developed since the onset of the 20th century. Furthermore, we will look into how key concepts such as ethnography, participant observation, comparison or case-study can be used to study the contemporary world. In addition to providing students with a solid understanding of available methods (e.g. fieldnotes, interviews, visual or audio-based methods, archives, etc) and some challenges (e.g. how to gain access to the field, how to deal with difficult emotions during fieldwork, etc), through this course you will:

  • Learn how to define and construct a field site in which to conduct ethnographic fieldwork
  • Think through how your gender, ethnicity, and class may play a role during data collection
  • Appreciate what attention to research ethics in social anthropology involves
  • Think through various research strategies (some of which you will apply during your own fieldwork projects)

Learning outcome

Knowledge

Reflect on contemporary ethical challenges involved in anthropological research, and be able to evaluate risks related to one’s own project plans 

  • Appreciate the variety of data collection methods available in Social Anthropology
  • Understand how theory and methods in Social Anthropology are related and how they are combined in specific ethnographic cases
  • Reflect on contemporary ethical challenges involved in anthropological research, and be able to evaluate risks related to one’s own project plans

Skills

  • Discuss qualitative research methods in written and oral form
  • Identify, define and collect anthropological data
  • Develop ethical awareness regarding qualitative research and the use of research results

General competence

  • Deepen the capacity for independent academic thought
  • Enhance the ability to discuss academic issues in solid English, both written and orally
  • Improve competence in argument construction

Admission

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This course is not available for single course students.

Teaching

3-hour teaching blocks with a combination of lectures and in-class group discussions moderated by the lecturer.

Examination

In addition to one mandatory oral presentation, eight short reflection papers on individual lecture content (up to 300 words) will be submitted throughout the semester. The student will upload three revised versions of the above-mentioned papers (the selection of which will be announced during the last lecture) to Inspera.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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Special examination arrangements

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Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Every autumn

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

English