Ethnographic Writing

Third-cycle level | 7.5 credits | Course code: SFGS377
VT 2020
Study period: 2020-05-04 - 2020-06-03
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in Swedish but can be given in English if necessary
Application period: 2020-03-30 - 2020-04-16

Course description

The course gives the doctoral student knowledge about how to use empirical data to substantiate an argument in their ethnographic writing. Stress is put upon the relationship between ethnographic material (e.g. field notes), analysis and argumentation and how ethnographic text is built upon data, references and quotations. In this way, the course develops the student’s writing process and trains the student to read and critique ethnographic texts. The course also problematizes concepts such as subjectivity and positioning, and how ethnography may be presented and linked to theory and method. The course examines how quotations and tone in the ethnographic text and literary strategies, such as the ethnographic present, may be used to establish the author’s authority and the validity of the analysis.

Target group

The course is mandatory for PhD students in Social Anthropology at SGS

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

General entrance requirements for studies in the third cycle.


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

1. PhD students in Social Anthropology at School of Global studies, University of Gothenburg

2. PhD students in Social Anthropology at other Swedish universities

3. Other PhD students enrolled in PhD programmes at School of Global studies, University of Gothenburg

Other information

The course is taught through lectures, seminars and individual work. It may also be offered as a reading course comprising independent study with teaching taking the form of discussion and supervision.

Course syllabus



School of Global Studies


Social Science

Type of course

Generic skills courses


Writing strategies , Skrivstrategier, Genres, Argumentation