Ethnografhic Methods in Practice - JSM590
Anglický název: Ethnografhic Methods in Practice
Zajišťuje: Katedra sociologie (23-KS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2022 do 2022
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 4
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (neurčen)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
4EU+: ne
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: doc. Mgr. Jakub Grygar, Ph.D.
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Neslučitelnost : JSM499
Je neslučitelnost pro: JSM499
Termíny zkoušek   Rozvrh   Nástěnka   
Deskriptory - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Jana Vojanová (30.01.2022)

If less than 30 students will apply, the course will take place in presence


Offline (lessons will be held only physically)



The target of this course is Master’s Students already familiar with qualitative research methods in social sciences and especially ethnography. The aim is to enhance their capabilities of identifying, describing, and interpreting current social issues through an integrated and well-elaborated ethnographic methodology. The course will focus on empirical case studies, issues of ethnographic experimentation, and theory, but will also apply the theory in practice through a variety of exercises in the field, online and offline.

Several key concepts and theories of ethnography will be presented and discussed, in order to practice them in the field. Attention will be devoted to current or recent debates about ethnographic experimental writing, and about ethnographic methods in new media (netnography, for example). The pressing issues of privacy, data gathering and protection, anonymity, and overt/covert techniques will also be addressed throughout the course.

Two written exercises aimed at enhancing the student’s capability at practicing the acquired theories will be prepared. The exercises will focus on topics negotiated between each student and the teacher.

The entire course will focus on the interaction between method and theory, theory and practice, but especially on the practical aspect. Students will be encouraged to develop their own skills and enhance them in the exercise and directly in the field.


Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Jana Vojanová (25.01.2022)


Attendance (offline or online) is mandatory and participation in the classroom and in the field will also be taken into consideration in the evaluation process. Only one not justified absence will be tolerated.



Assessment will be undertaken through the evaluation of the student’s participation and involvement in the learning process, of the student’s ethnographic exercises, and of a final oral exam. No plagiarism will be tolerated. The purpose of the final oral exam will be to ascertain the students’ knowledge of the course contents, his/her capacity to practice qualitative methods, and his/her capability to acquire and autonomously use critical thinking.



-        Attendance and participation in the classroom and in the field: 10%

-        Exercise 1: 15%

-        Exercise 2: 15%

-        Oral exam: 60%


100 - 91: A

81 - 90: B

71 - 80: C

61 - 70: D

51 - 60: E

50 - 0: F

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Jana Vojanová (25.01.2022)

It is assumed that the students are familiar with the basic ethnographic literature offered in BA methodological courses (Ingold, Okely, Hermansky).


Compulsory readings (all students willing to take the exam will have to read the following texts)


-        Chosen pages from Fetterman D. M. 2010: Ethnography: Step-by-Step, Sage, Los Angeles-London (3rd ed.)

-        Chosen pages from Wolcott H. F. 2008: Ethnography: A Way of Seeing, Altamira, New York-Toronto: pages will be provided by the teacher

-        Leesa Costello, Marie-Louise McDermott, and Ruth Wallace, “Netnography: Range of Practices, Misperceptions, and Missed Opportunities”, in International Journal of Qualitative Methods, n. 16 (1), 2017, pp. 1–12


Additional readings (every student will have to choose and study at home, or present in the class, at least one of the following texts in addition to the compulsory ones)


-        Carole McGranahan, “Ethnography Beyond Method: The Importance of Ethnographic Sensibility”, in Sites: new series, n. 15 (1), 2018, pp. 1-10

-        Martyn Hammersley, “Ethnography: problems and prospects”, in Ethnography and Education, n. 1 (1), 2006, pp. 3-14

-        G. Coleman, “Ethnographic Approaches to Digital Media”, in Annual Review of Anthropology, n. 39, 2010, pp. 487-505

-        A. Testa, “The Ritual Making of Central Catalonia 1: National Identity and the Hanging of the Donkey”. Forthcoming in A. Testa, M. Vaczi (eds.), Culture, Identity, and Politics in Contemporary Catalonia. Monographic issue of Cultural Analysis, 2022 n. 19 (2)

-        A. Testa, “The Ritual Making of Central Catalonia 2: Comparses and the Dynamics of Inclusive Nationalism”. Forthcoming in A. Testa, M. Vaczi (eds.), Culture, Identity, and Politics in Contemporary Catalonia. Monographic issue of Cultural Analysis, 2022, n. 19 (2), 2021

-        H. Wulff, “Yo-Yo Fieldwork: Mobility and Time in a Multi-Local Study of Dance in Ireland”, in Anthropological Journal on European Cultures n. 11, 2002, pp. 117-136

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Jana Vojanová (25.01.2022)


- Lesson 1: Ethnography: theory of practice, practice of theory

- Lesson 2: The most important themes, theories, and methods of ethnography and how to apply them

- Lesson 3: Out of the study and into the field 2: ethnographic techniques (observing, participating, writing, recording); the issue of ethnographic anonymity and related ethical issues; first exercise

- Lesson 4: Out of the study and into the field 2: ethnographic techniques (interviews, informants, conversations); experimental ethnography

- Lesson 5: Ethnography online, netnography, new media; focus on data gathering and protection; ethical issues, second exercise

- Lesson 6: Field practice: methodological excursion (location to be chosen at a later stage); final discussion