Ethnographic Method

Third-cycle level | 7.5 credits | Course code: SFGS372
VT 2021
Study period: 2021-01-18 - 2021-02-26
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in Swedish but can be given in English if necessary
Application period: 2020-11-17 - 2021-01-04

Course description

This course aims to develop advanced knowledge in how to conduct an ethnographic study in terms of data collection and analysis. The course covers how to structure a study in a coherent manner by integrating theory and empirical material. It includes both traditional and new methods in the discipline and discusses their scientific potential and limitations. It also addresses questions relating to problem formulation, research questions, data analysis, research ethics and academic style.

Target group

The course is mandatory for PhD students in Social anthropology at SGS. The course is also open for PhD students in anthropology at other universities in Sweden and in the Nordic countries.

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

General entrance requirements for studies in the third cycle.


The course is limited to 15 participants, with the following priorities:

1. PhD students at the School of Global studies, University of Gothenburg

2. PhD students in Social Anthropology at other Swedish universities

3. PhD student in Social Anthropology at universities in other Nordic countries

Other information

In the spring 2021, this course will be taught as an online course and on full time. The language of instruction is English.

Course syllabus



School of Global Studies


Social Science

Type of course

Method course


anthropology, antropologi, ethnography, etnografi, methods, metoder

CONTACTSteffen Jöhncke