Qualitative Methods: Fieldwork and interviewing

Course content

The course introduces the various options for conducting qualitative research and of the implications those options have for subsequent analysis and writing. It guides participants through the methodological literature and prepare them for making informed and sensible decisions in choosing, applying, and adjusting methods and techniques when conducting fieldwork. It also will help you to develop the skills which might be required in your future work (e.g. effectively planning your work over an extended period, deploy appropriated research methods and techniques, identifying and utilization of materials and effective communication). During the course we will review the core methods of anthropological fieldwork: various interview techniques, (participant) observation, elicitation techniques, and document collection. Moreover, we will discuss various difficulties of doing fieldwork, including selection of cases and informants, self-presentation, establishing rapport, ethical dilemmas and dealing with boredom, stress, and negative reactions. Special attention is paid to the linkages between research and knowledge, and thus to the question of how fieldwork relates to the analysis that ultimately needs to be written. Proper preparation for this task will define, to an important degree, your success in writing a final field report.


Curriculum for the Elective Studies in Comparative Cultural Studies The 2007 Curriculum

Curriculum for Elective Studies within a Master’s Programme in Comparative Cultural Studies The 2008 Curriculum

Learning outcome

BA tilvalg 2007-studieordning
Metodisk emne A i Komparative Kulturstudier (fagelementkode HKKB10031E)
Metodisk emne B i Komparative Kulturstudier (fagelementkode HKKB10041E) 

KA tilvalg 2008-studieordning:
Feltmetode A (fagelementkode HKKK03231E) 
Feltmetode B (fagelementkode HKKK03241E)

Teaching and working method will be combined lectures and classroom teaching with discussion and student presentations.

To be announced in Absalon

Type of assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 320
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Practical exercises
  • 50
  • Guidance
  • 0,5
  • English
  • 412,5