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Course content

The course extends over two half-semesters, from approximately April to September (equivalent to 5-6 months). During this period you will be working on collection of data that will form the basis for your master's thesis. After fieldwork, you have to submit a field report.

Having passed the exam in ANTH4200 – Fieldwork​ is a prerequisite for admission to ANTH4090 – Master thesis​.

Learning outcome


  • Gain an excellent overview of the ethnographic region in which you will conduct fieldwork.
  • In-depth knowledge of qualitative research methodology with a focus on participant observation and the interpretation and analysis of social interactions.
  • Experience-based knowledge and a deeper understanding of the research process in Social Anthropology.


  • Attain practical experience in managing your project and collecting qualitative data during fieldwork.
  • Learn how to execute your own independent research project.
  • Apply and reflect on key methodological and theoretical tools involved in the collection, production and analysis of different types of data.
  • Convert fieldwork material into anthropological data, and will gradually learn how to move from data to analytical text in an ethically sound manner.

General competence

  • Respect scientific values, such as openness, rationality and precision and will learn to distinguish between research-based knowledge, the importance of analytical model choices, practice-based knowledge and "perception".
  • Gain ethical awareness concerning the various problems that may arise during research and the writing up of research results.
  • Adhere to the principles of academic honesty, integrity, and responsibility when it comes to your research and to other professional work.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is not available for single course students.

You must be enrolled in the master’s programme in Social Anthropology, and register to take the exam in Studentweb.

It is a prerequisite that you have completed ANTH4010 – Advanced Anthropological Theory​, ANTH4030 – Advanced Anthropological Methods​, ANTH4020 – Academic Writing and Project Development​, ANTH4100 – Core Themes in Contemporary Anthropology​, and two specialisation courses.

Overlapping courses

30 credits overlap with SOSANT4200 – Feltarbeid (discontinued)


1. Project Proposal Update (pre-fieldwork)

Before you leave for fieldwork, you will have to have a mandatory meeting (ca. 30-60 minutes) with your supervisor, during which you present them with your project plans. This discussion should use the project proposal that was submitted at the end of ANTH4020 – Academic Writing and Project Development​ as a basis.

The main task is to update your supervisor on further preparatory developments or changes made to the submitted proposal and clarify further ethics and safety challenges that may still need to be discussed. Your supervisor will assess this mandatory meeting on a passed/failed-basis.

2. Fieldwork report  (post-fieldwork)

Course assessment also consists of a fieldwork report that has to be delivered after fieldwork. The field report is assessed by the supervisor on a passed/failed-basis.

Examiner guidelines


Fieldwork abroad

All students who want to undertake fieldwork abroad must familiarize themselves with UiO’s “safety abroad” guidelines.  

In addition, all projects will have to be pre-registered with the Norwegian Center for Research Data (NSD).

Please read SAI’s data storage guide (in English and Norwegian)!

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

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

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

Explanations and appeals

After you have received your grade you may ask for an explanation of the assessment of your performance. You can also submit an appeal against your grades for all written examinations. It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.

See also our information about complaints about formal exam errors.

Resit an examination

If you are ill or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, you can apply for an extended submission deadline or for a postponed examination later the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


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

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