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FAG3171 Etnography of Space and Place 3.0 credits

 Hands-on fieldwork exercises

- Paper-writing

- Interactive workshop discussions

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FAG3171 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

 Hands-on fieldwork exercises

- Paper-writing

- Interactive workshop discussions

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student will:

- Be able to employ ethnographic methods to study phenomena of place and space

- Be able to present experience-near accounts of everyday situated life, while at the same time addressing macro-processes such as globalization and the new urban social order.

- Display a comrehension of the variegated ways through which contemporary urban experience is mediated.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Participants need to be accepted into a PhD programme in planning studies, urban and regional studies, or a related field.

Recommended prerequisites

Participants need to be accepted into a PhD programme in planning studies, urban and regional studies, or a related field.


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Low, Setha (2009) “Towards an Anthropological Theory of Space and Place.”  Semiotica 175(1/4): 21-37.

Low, Setha (2010) “On the plaza: The politics of public space and culture”. University of Texas Press.

Richardson, Miles (2003,1984) “Being-in-the-market versus being-in-the-plaza: Material Culture and the Construction of Social Reality in Spanish America. In Anthropology of Space and Place, S. Low and D. Lawrence-Zuiga, eds. Malden and Oxford: Blackwell.

Ingold, Tim (2004) “Culture on the Ground: The World Perceived Through the Feet.”  Journal of Material Culture 9:3, 315-340.

Mitchell and Staeheli (2006) “Clean and Safe? Property Redevelopment, Public Space, and Homelessness in Downtown San Diego.” In Setha Low and Neil Smith, eds.  The Politics of Public Space. New York: Routledge

Harms, Erik (2012) “Beauty as Control in the New Saigon.” American Ethnologist 39(4):735-750.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • HEM1 - Home assignments, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination (seminar paper) and active workshop participation

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

ABE/Urban and Regional Studies

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Urban and Regional Studies