Fieldwork: Ethnography and Analysis

Course content

Students carry out fieldwork taking a point of departure in their project proposal from 2. semester. Fieldwork can take place in all kinds of socio-cultural contexts on the condition that it is realistic to carry it through within the given time frame and that the safety of students is not at stake. Apart from this the choice of place and theme are limited by research ethics only.

Fieldwork can be carried out individually or in smaller groups, it can be part of a larger research project, or as an internship.

During fieldwork students write portfolios which are uploaded on Absalon to the teacher as well as to group members (students can be excepted from participating in the netbased dialogue only if they work in areas with no or insufficient access to the net. However, all students must write portfolios during their fieldwork). During the last part of the semester students participate in a number of workshops with focus on the collected ethnographic material and analysis. Participation in these workshops is mandatory. The duration of fieldwork is maximum 14 weeks, and the students must return in time for the workshops.


Board of Studies, Department of Anthropology

Learning outcome

At the end of the fieldwork the students must demonstrates that they are capable of:

  • Carry out fieldwork taking a point of departure in an independent problem formulation

  • Collect relevant empirical material which makes it possible to answer the research questions.

  • Adjust the problem formulation with a view to the actual collection of empirical material

  • Organise the empirical material systematically, taking into consideration research ethics

  • Engaging critically and analytically with the empirical material

  • Offer qualified written feedback to groups members using Absalon.

Students must also fulfil the Department of Anthropology's form and language requirements (see the appropriate section in the curriculum’s common part).

The course Anthropological Project Design must be approved before the beginning of fieldwork.

For the sake of the students' safety, we cannot approve projects to countries to which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark has advised against travelling. See the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel advisories (Rejsevejledninger), which are posted in Danish here: http:/​/​​da/​rejse-og-ophold/​rejse-til-udlandet/​rejsevejledninger/​.

Type of assessment
Portfolio, exam period

Individual or groups submissions

Contents of the portfolio:

•All the portfolio assignments handed in during the course, revised and collected as one portfolio.

•2 pages overview of the ethnographic material. Length: min. 4320 keystrokes, max. 5280 keystrokes. Does not vary depending on whether the exam was done individual or as a group.

•2 pages draft for the Master’s Thesis contract, including motivations for choice of Master’s thesis model. Length: min. 4320 keystrokes, max. 5280 keystrokes. Does not vary depending on whether the exam was done individual or as a group.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See Learning Outcome