School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: W/S 058 Semester: 5st
Course Title: Fieldwork and Participant Observation
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: specialized general knowledge
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: yes
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: 
    Students are expected to develop their knowledge and acquire experience regarding anthropological fieldwork and participant observation. Students are going to:
    Acquire experience and knowledge of observing and recording visual images indoors and outdoors.
    Acquire experience and knowledge of recording sounds and conversations indoors and outdoors
    Use technological equipment during fieldwork
    Experience and learn the conduct of interview of different types (open-ended, close, semi-open)
    Cultivate sensitivity and self-reflect on ethical issues concerning anthropological work
    Organize research proposals, with specific focus on methodological issues

    General Competences: 
    This course aims to:
    Produce free, creative and inductive thinking
    Cultivate sensitivity to ethical issues concerning fieldwork.
    Search for analysis, synthesis of data and information with the use of the necessary technology
    Team work and working independently
    Criticism and self-criticism
    Project planning

    (3) SYLLABUS

    This course offers students the possibility to acquire fieldwork skills and get fieldwork experience. During the course students will discuss and practice how anthropologists choose a research topic, choose their methods of conducting fieldwork, plan a research project, analyse data, and write an ethnographic account. Ethical issues concerning anthropological fieldwork will also be thoroughly discussed and offer opportunities for reflexivity. Students will learn and acquire experience of observing, recording and organizing fieldnotes, conducting interviews, and using technological equipment during their fieldwork. By going out in the field and practice students will learn to apply anthropological methodology, while they will also have the opportunity to organize their own research proposal, set research questions and organize their fieldwork.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of ICT in teaching and communication with students
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    seminars 18
    Fieldwork exercises 18
    Personal Study 83
    Project planning 6
    Fieldnotes writing 25
    Course total: 150
    Student performance evaluation: Language of evaluation: Greek
    Presentations in class
    Project planning


    Suggested bibliography:
    Suggested bibliography:
    Blee, Kathleen. 2002. Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement. Berkeley: University of California Press.
    Cohen, J. 2000. “Problems in the Field: Participant Observation and the Assumption of Neutrality”. Field Methods 12: 316-333.
    Constable, N. 2003. Romance on a Global Stage: Pen-Pals, Virtual Ethnography and «Mail-Order» Marriages. University of California Press.
    Crane, Julia και Michael Angrosino. 1984. Field Projects in Anthropology: A Student Handbook .
    Eriksen, Thomas Hylland. 2007, Μικροί τόποι, μεγάλα ζητήματα. Μια εισαγωγή στην κοινωνική και πολιτισμική ανθρωπολογία Αθήνα, Κριτική.
    Ιωσηφίδης, Θ. 2008. Ποιοτικές μέθοδοι έρευνας στις κοινωνικές επιστήμες. Αθήνα: Κριτική.
    Παπαγαρουφάλη, Ε. 2002. «Η συνέντευξη ως σωματική επικοινωνία των συνομιλητών και πολλών άλλων». Επιθεώρηση Κοινωνικών Ερευνών 107: 29-46. Στο
    Pink, Sarah. 2007. Doing Visual Ethnography. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
    Rabinow, Paul. 1977. Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco. Berkeley: University of California Press.
    Rosaldo, Renato. 1989. “Introduction: Grief and a Headhunter’s Rage” στο Culture and Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis. London: Routledge.
    – Related scientific journals:
    Field Methods
    HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory