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400009 SE Ethnographic methods (2021W)

SE Methods for Doctoral Candidates

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 15 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Update 13 October 2021:

The course on October 21 has been cancelled; instead there is a course on October 19, 2021.

Friday 08.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 19.10. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 04.11. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 18.11. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 02.12. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 16.12. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Friday 14.01. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course focuses on ethnographic methods and is aimed - though not exclusively - to doctoral students who have not carried out their fieldwork yet. The seminar delves into long-standing issues such as the politics of the ethnographic encounter, multi-sited and digital/in-person research modalities, and collaborative approaches. Against this backdrop, the seminar will help students identifying alternative avenues of investigation for projects that have been or will be disrupted by the ongoing pandemic. Regarding this, the seminar will begin with an analysis of the most relevant interventions on the methodological challenges that have emerged over the past two years in order to map the landscape of the novel situations that doctoral students may face in their research. These interventions feature both continuities and new problematics, modalities and questions that the pandemic has generated across countless areas of research, and will help re-think and re-situate ‘classic’ approaches to ethnography and vice versa. At the beginning of the seminar, students will also have the possibility to suggest specific areas or contexts of research that are most helpful to their projects so that specific sessions can be organised on them and additional readings may be added to the existing ones.

Assessment and permitted materials

1) Regular attendance (up to 1 session may be missed)2) Active and critical engagement with the assigned readings and participation in the seminar discussions;3) Presentation of a reading (the presentation will last for 10 minutes during which the student will introduce the selected reading’s author as well as her methods, theories and arguments), and preparation of a set of questions emerging from the presentation and chairing of the discussion;4) Presentation of individual doctoral research projects;5) Submission of a term exam paper (8-10 pages)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

For a positive grade, 51 % is required 90-100 %= 177-89 %= 264-76 %= 351-63 %= 4 0-50 % = 5

Examination topics

Presentations, written papers, and active participation in discussions

Reading list

Association in the course directory

Last modified: We 13.10.2021 16:50