The course is also available to students in the Study Track in Sociology of the Master’s Programme in Contemporary Societies.
After the successful completion of this course, students will be familiar with ethnographic research methods: what makes ethnography a particular methodology, how to formulate ethnographic research questions, what the position is of the researcher in producing data and analysing them, and what ethical questions are related to ethnographic methodology. During the course, students will explore a variety of ethnographic methods: participant observation, interviews and visual methods. Students will collect data, analyse data and present their small-scale research project to others. Students will also analyse and reflect on their own research process. Students will conduct fieldwork in small groups.
After completing the course successfully, the student
- Will be able to plan and carry out ethnographic research independently
- Has the knowledge and first-hand experience of what makes ethnography a particular research method
- Will be able to formulate ethnographic research questions
- Will understand the position of the researcher in producing data
- Will be familiar with the ethical questions particularly relevant for ethnographic research
- Will be familiar with participant observation, interviews and visual methods in ethnography
- Has first-hand experience of collecting ethnographic data and conducting analysis
- Has experience of how to conduct research in a small group
- Will be able to analyse and assess the research process
- Will understand the basics of methodological writing
- Has an understanding of reporting research results in a form of a portfolio
The general skills gained in this course include reading academic texts, interpreting them and communicating one’s own interpretations to others, discussing readings in small groups, planning and conducting fieldwork and teamwork, assessing the research process, and presenting findings to others in a clear manner.
First and second periods; the course runs over two periods.
The aim of the course is to gain a critical understanding of ethnographic research methods, including classic and contemporary research, ethical questions related to ethnographic research practice, and different ways to collect data during fieldwork (participant observation, interviews and visual data). In addition to lectures, there will be seminars, during which students will plan their own projects. The course runs over two periods, and during the break students are required to conduct small-scale participant observation on a chosen topic. The research results are presented in the form of a portfolio and presented to the other students at the final seminar.
Research articles that will be given at the start of the course
Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0 = Fail, 1 = Passable, 2 = Satisfactory, 3 = Good, 4 = Very Good, 5 = Excellent)
Contact teaching (lectures and seminars) and a portfolio