• Description: 

    Ethnographic principles provide a deep understanding of the social life of a particular ‘field’, and a unique perspective into wider societal relations. Through a practice-based approach, and a focus on contemporary developments in ethnographic principles, this course provides a solid methodological foundation for using ethnographic research to understand real-world issues in context. Particular attention will be paid to how ethnographic strategies can be deployed in health care contexts, as a way of illustrating the move general principles of ethnographic work. A connection between traditional forms of ethnographic enquiry and emergent visual and digital methods will be emphasised.


    Over four days, this course will cover core components of the ethnographic approach. Starting with an introduction to ethnography, the course will include data gathering (participant observation, interview, field notes and documents), data analysis, ethical issues and writing articles based on ethnography. The course will provide students with an understanding of how to design and carry out ethnographic research and an awareness of contemporary developments in the theory and practice of ethnographic studies. Furthermore, hands-on experience of the collection and analysis of ethnographic fieldwork will be included as well as emphasis on practical approaches to make ethnography part of successful theoretical and applied research.


    This course invites PhD -students working with ethnography to explore their research projects from the following methodological issues: data gathering, data analysis, ethical issues and writing articles based on ethnography. The course is suitable to all students in different disciplinary areas working with ethnography. However, it is expected that many examples will be related to health care areas. The course is designed for participants and lecturers to engage in different activities such as lectures, practical exercises and discussions of some of the theoretical, methodological and practical issues and challenges. The course will be led by research-active ethnographic researchers. 

  • Organizer: Ass. Professor Erik Elgaard Sørensen, Postdoc Mette Grønkjær and Professor Paola Valero

  • Lecturers: To be announced

  • ECTS: 4 ECTS

  • Time: Postponed to 12-15 April 2016

  • Place: Aalborg University

  • Zip code: 9220

  • City: Aalborg

  • Number of seats: 20

  • Deadline: