Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

This course covers the major aspects of “doing ethnography” with a particular focus on this in the discipline of anthropology.

12.12.2019 at 09:00 - 14.1.2020 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Tue 14.1.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 21.1.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 28.1.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 4.2.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 11.2.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 18.2.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 25.2.2020
10:15 - 11:45

Other teaching

15.01. - 26.02.2020 Wed 12.15-13.45
Toomas Gross
Teaching language: English
15.01. - 22.01.2020 Wed 12.15-13.45
29.01.2020 Wed 12.15-13.45
05.02. - 19.02.2020 Wed 12.15-13.45
26.02.2020 Wed 12.15-13.45
Saana Hansen
Teaching language: English
15.01. - 26.02.2020 Wed 14.15-15.45
Harri Siikala
Teaching language: English


The course is obligatory for all students in the Society and Change Bachelor’s program.

On completing this unit, successful students will understand the specificity of ethnographic methods in anthropology. They are able to think about fieldwork as a process and organize different aspects of it. They have some first-hand experience from collecting and analyzing ethnographic data such as observations, interviews, photos, written documents, and artefacts. They are able to interpret ethnographic data and understand how it contributes to ethnographic interpretation and comparative knowledge.


Using specific ethnographic research as their basis, anthropologists develop theories that seek to explain similarities and differences in cultural phenomena around the world. This theorizing that builds on specific ethnographic data to develop broader, more generalized theories is called ethnology. In this course, you will encounter a variety of different ethnographic examples in readings, films, and lectures. We will use these examples as an entry point into the theories that

socio-cultural anthropologists have developed to try to explain and to understand human beings in their diversity

- Robben, Antonius C.G.M. and Jeffrey Sluka (2012): Ethnographic Fieldwork: An Anthropological Reader. Blackwell Publishing.

- Fife Wayne Doing Fieldwork (2005): Ethnographic Methods for Research in Developing Countries and Beyond, Palgrave Macmillian.

- Additional readings, audiovisual material, and internet-based resources as specified by the instructor.

Literature in the written exam:

  • Robben, Antonius C.G.M. and Jeffrey Sluka 2012. Ethnographic Fieldwork: An Anthropological Reader. Blackwell Publishing.
  • Fife, Wayne 2005. Doing fieldwork: Ethnographic methods for research in developing countries and beyond. Palgrave Macmillian.

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Lecture course that involves readings, group assignments and practical exercises.