Course content

The goal of the course is twofold: 1) To provide critical perspectives on the development of ethnographic traditions of knowledge; 2) to provide skills for application and critical reflection on ethnographical methods.

The course gives a comprehensive overview of the emergence of ethnographic research in the humanities, the contemporary spread of ethnography to a range of disciplines and the emergence of media and digital ethnography. Particular weight is given to the role played by feminist, reflexive ethnography in these processes. Central concepts and methodological issues are addressed, such as the construction of the field, ethnographic writing genres, participant observation, insider/outsider perspectives, the ethnographic interview, ethical dilemmas and power relations of particular relevance to gender research in a local and global perspective. The course includes a collective fieldwork in a chosen setting.

Learning outcomes

In order to pass the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • reflect upon the growth of ethnographical traditions within a wider research field of human sciences.
  • independently apply and reflect critically upon ethnographical methods.
  • demonstrate in-depth insights into methodological choices in ethnographic research.
  • demonstrate in-depth insights into feminist ethnography and methodological issues concerning ethics, power, and criticism of science.

Practical information

The course comprises the following mandatory elements: a completion of all oral and written assignments for each seminar as well as a final paper; participation in seminars, field study and the mini conference.

The course is examined through active participation in the seminars, through seminar papers, participation in fieldwork and the mini conference as well as through a reflective course paper.

The instruction consists of lectures/seminars with different themes. One of the occasions is an interdisciplinary workshop where teachers from various disciplines in Arts participate. Between the seminars number three and four the students conduct collective field work. The results of the field study will be presented orally at the concluding mini conference. The conference prepares for the final course paper.
The course comprises three seminars, collective field work, and a closing mini conference.

Instruction is given in Swedish (or in English if required).

NB: The course is planned to be offered on campus only.

Period: Autumn semester 2021

Course dates (preliminary): 2021-11-01 - 2021-12-31

Language of instruction: Swedish or English

Course director and Examiner: Lena H Gemzöe

Theme coordinator: Marja-Liisa Keinänen

Course title in Swedish: Genus och metod: etnografi

The course is offered by the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, in collaboration with the Department of History and the Department of Culture and Aesthetics.

The course is part of the theme Gender, Epistemology and Methodology