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Fieldwork - SIMM25


The term ‘fieldwork’ grasps several traditions within the social sciences from the urban research of the Chicago School of Sociology to the classical participant observation undertaken over an extended period of time, at the core of anthropology.


Ethnographic in-dept fieldwork

The aim of the course is to explore the strengths of ethnographic in-depth fieldwork as a data collection method and the many techniques which it embraces such as observations, interviews, narratives, memories, focus group conversations, questionnaires, and text reading. 

Fieldwork, as a practice and comprehensive knowledge production method, will be discussed at the course in a critical theoretical perspective. Ideas regarding the importance of ‘being there’, afar or home in urban or rural sites of peace or conflict, will be examined on a backdrop of gender, age, race/ethnicity, sexuality, and class. In this light, challenges and questions generated in connection with the ethnographer ‘going there’, ‘being there’, ‘leaving’, and ‘returning’ will be examined to understand how emotions, experiences, collaboration, representation, and ethics inform the conduction of fieldwork in a postcolonial world and the knowledge in which it results. 

A word from the Course Coordinator

"The scholars teaching at this course come from various social science disciplines. Common for the teachers is that we have all conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the ‘Global South’ and/or the ‘Global North’. In doing so, we have dealt with the joys and challenges involved in preparing and conducting fieldwork and following in processing and analyzing data which eventually are turned into texts."

Online course platform

This course uses Canvas as the online course platform. The course platform will be opened one week before the course begins to all students who were accepted. Here you will be able to access literature, assignments, announcements, as well as participate in discussions and communicate with teachers. 


The course schedule can be found under the course information on the right. Please note that the final version of the schedule will be made available four weeks before the course begins, and changes may occur until that point. A more detailed schedule will be available on the course platform on Canvas.

Excerpts from student evaluations

”It allows a lot of reflexivity about the proceeding of fieldwork.”

“[The most satisfactory aspect of the course was] the practical layout. The focus was more on our reflexivity, rather than ability to quote course literature.”

“Practical experiences of the 'reality'.”

About the course

Next course period: 
2024-03-20 to 2024-04-24

Course schedule:
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Course syllabus

Course literature