The course will give students an overview of anthropological theory and epistemological issues in the social sciences, forming a background and theoretical foundation to their writing of a project description in which they identify research questions which are feasible and manageable within the limits of the fieldwork.
It also implies clarifying how the research questions are related to existing literature. Regional ethnographic literature, social science literature addressing the topic of research, and social science theory in general should be used.
Apart from lectures, the course consists of seminars in which the students` project descriptions for the master`s research project are further developed.
An individual camera-based ethnographic fieldwork of 3-4 months duration is conducted.
Students who successfully complete this course should have achieved the following learning outcomes:
Course attendance is compulsory, i.e. only valid absences will be approved. A minimum presence of 80 % is required.
The course has a portfolio evaluation, and the following is required during the preparation of the individual portfolio.
Students must participate to the safety and security course in the field and submit the risk assessment form.
Students must submit the notification form to NSD.
Students must submit two drafts of their project description.
Conduct a camera based ethnographic fieldwork of 3-4 months..
The final portfolio must include the following:
Students are not admitted access to camera equipment and allowed to start fieldwork before the project description and the risk assessment are approved.
Marking is made according to a grading scale with "pass" / "fail". A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course.