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Field practicum

The Master’s degree programme in anthropology includes a field practicum on the second and third semesters. Ideally, this practicum should be arranged during the autumn before the spring semester in which it starts. The practicum lasts from 15 April to 30 September (4-5 months), and can be either full-time or part-time, as agreed with the student.

The field practicum for anthropology students must include fieldwork, i.e. training in how to use and obtain knowledge using anthropological methods. This means that the students must independently collect and process data in an iterative fieldwork process.

During the field practicum, students have a supervisor who teaches at the Department of Anthropology as well as a contact person (preferably someone with an academic background) at the host organisation. The three parties seal the field practicum agreement in a contract. Students prepare for their field practicum in February-April before starting to work at the host organisation. This involves studying the literature and describing their project with the help of their supervisor.

The field practicum ends with a field report/exam assignment at the Department of Anthropology. Subject to agreement, students can also report directly to their host organisation, for instance by presenting the results of their study to the organisation.