Dissertation Design and Ethnographic Analysis

Third-cycle level | 7.5 credits | Course code: SFGS376

Course description

The course aims to use critical assessment of collected field data to delimit the research topic of the dissertation, explain its contribution to anthropology, formulate its argument, construct its analytical and conceptual framework, and present its structure. The course covers various social scientific traditions of interpretation of qualitative data with a special focus on anthropological traditions. It also compares the analytical strategies adopted in various anthropological studies that may be of relevance to the dissertation.

Target group

This course is compulsary for PhD students in Social Anthropology at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. The course is also open for students enrolled in a PhD program in Social Anthropology at other departments and universities.

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

General entrance requirements for studies in the third cycle.


PhD students at the School of Global Studies will be given priority. Other applicants will be assessed and admitted based on the relevance of their PhD project.

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


Dissertation design, Avhandlingsdesign, Structure, Struktur, Delimitation, Avgränsning, Argument, Analytical framework, Analytiskt ramverk