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ANTH3024 – Doing Ethnography

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Banu Senay
Payel Ray
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp at 1000 level or above including (30cp from ANTH units including (10cp from ANTH units at 3000 level))
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
What tools do cultural anthropologists use to observe humans and make sense of their actions in the world? This unit introduces the practical, methodological, and ethical dimensions of ethnographic research. As the primary goal of the unit is to teach students how to conduct ethnographic fieldwork, over the semester students engage in first-hand research projects where they regularly participate in and observe a cultural scene of their own choosing. Weekly meetings frame the fieldwork process as students learn anthropological research methods under the guidance of an experienced staff member, and then apply this knowledge to their ethnographic study. These meetings provide students an opportunity to share their fieldwork experiences with each other, discuss the methodological issues, and workshop concerns raised by their own studies. Simultaneously students will read several classic ethnographies to develop an understanding of the relationship between ethnographic research and ethnographic writing.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Understand and apply a variety of ethnographic research methods.
  • ULO2: Conduct ethnographic research.
  • ULO3: Apply a variety of qualitative research methods, including interviewing, semantic domain analysis, unobtrusive observation, preparing literature review, and time allocation surveys.
  • ULO4: Present research to peers and instructors in written and oral format.
  • ULO5: Prepare a sample research proposal for a feasible participant-observation ethnographic study.
  • ULO6: Acquire the knowledge and confidence to competently discuss and apply field research techniques relevant for employment as a field researcher.

Assessment Tasks

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Unit readings are available via Leganto. ANTH3024 is a seminar-based unit, therefore the lectures and class discussions will not be recorded. 

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