AANB05024U Anthropology: Methodology and Analysis

Volume 2016/2017

"Doing anthropological research means submerging oneself into the world of the Other. It is an exploration of peoples' conditions of existence and the lives they live within them. By applying qualitative research designs and methods to social problems and processes, anthropologists investigate cultures and societies, majorities and minorities from within. We make the strange familiar by spending extended periods of time in the field, living with the people we research, interviewing them, observing and participating in their lives. The methodology leads the researcher deep into social worlds in order to reveal the underlying logics of social processes and formations. This course provides an introduction to ethnographic methods and qualitative research techniques; theoretically as well as practically. Students will be introduce to and trained in anthropological methods by way of anthropological literature and practical exercises and are expected to form groups to plan and carry out their own ethnographic project. The course falls in four phases; 1) An introduction to anthropology and ethnographic praxis. In this phase the students will also form fieldwork groups based on interest; field site(s) and topic. 2) Methods and exercises 3) Fieldwork exercise (3 weeks) 4) Project presentations and workshop on working with qualitative material Focusing on in-depth interviews, focus group interviews and participant-observation the course will give students an insight into the core methods used in anthropological fieldwork. It will introduce the different techniques that anthropologists use to open up social and cultural worlds, clarify the different types of findings they produce, and dwell on the way they supplement each other. The guiding didactic principle in class is appreciative feedback.

Learning Outcome

At the end of the course, the students are expected to be able to:

  • Prepare and carry through an ethnographic fieldwork exercise based on an explicit statement of an anthropological problem
  • Demonstrate the appropriateness (or relevance) of the choice of field (including the specific setting and the people under consideration) for the problem statement (In other words, why investigate THIS problem HERE?)
  • Assess chosen methods in relation to an anthropological problem and fieldwork setting.
  • Identify and assess the significance of field worker position in the exercise
  • Identify and assess the significance of access to the field in the exercise
  • Identify and assess ethical issues related to the fieldwork exercise
  • Formulate methodological reflections on the completed field exercise in relation to selected methodological discussions in anthropology.

Sketch theoretical and analytical perspectives in relation to the problem statement and the ethnographic data generated

BSc students: 500 pages e-compendium + 1 monography

MSc students: 500 pages e-compendium + 1 monography + 200 pages of literature chosen by the student.


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Combination of lectures, seminar discussions, work in groups and student presentations
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 74
  • Excursions
  • 100
  • Exercises
  • 9
  • Guidance
  • 1
  • Lectures
  • 45
  • Preparation
  • 183
  • Total
  • 412
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Students following the course "Anthropology: Methodology and analysis" must hand in a fieldreport at the end of the semester. You can hand in the report individually or in a group of maximum 4 persons. The fieldreport must be min. 31.500 and max. 38.500 keystrokes + min. 4.500 and max. 5.500 per ekstra member of the group, ie. if you are 3 students working together your fieldreport must be min. 40.500 and max. 49.500 keystrokes. The fieldreport will be assessed according to the Danish grading scale. The contribution of each student must be ascertainable to ensure that each student receive an individual assessment.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

1. Re-exam
For written exams:
A new report with a revised problem statement is submitted at the announced date. The students must sign up for the re-exam.

2. Re-exam:

For written exams:
A new report with a revised problem statement is submitted at the announced date. The student must register for the re-exam.

Criteria for exam assesment

See description of learning outcome. Formalities for Written Works must be fulfilled, read more: MSc Students/ BA students (in Danish)/ exchange and credit