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ANTH3024 – Doing Ethnography

2021 – 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
Credit points Credit points
10
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.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

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.

General Assessment Information

Please note that, in order to pass this unit, you need to attend a minimum of two-thirds of all seminar sessions, you must complete ethics training and show you’ve passed the ethics quiz, and you must submit a final paper.  Failure to complete these threshold requirements will result in a failing mark, regardless of your performance in other aspects of the unit. 

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. online tests.

It is the student’s responsibility to keep a copy of all written work submitted for each unit. No consideration will be given to claims of ‘lost work’, no matter what the circumstances.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Seminar participation 20% No Weekly
Ethics quiz 0% No 7 March
Research proposal 20% No 31 March (Proposal) / 19 April (Peer-Reviews)
Research journal 15% No 12 May
Ethnographic research paper 35% No 4 June
Oral presentation of research 10% No Week 12/13

Seminar participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 26 hours
Due: Weekly
Weighting: 20%

Seminar participation, including discussion preparation guide


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand and apply a variety of ethnographic research methods.
  • Acquire the knowledge and confidence to competently discuss and apply field research techniques relevant for employment as a field researcher.

Ethics quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 4 hours
Due: 7 March
Weighting: 0%

Students will take the online ethics module for social science research and the online quiz at the end of the module.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand and apply a variety of ethnographic research methods.

Research proposal

Assessment Type 1: Plan
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: 31 March (Proposal) / 19 April (Peer-Reviews)
Weighting: 20%

Research proposals will be original project designs for ethnographic research projects. Your research proposal should be a formal description of the ongoing project of ethnographic description that you are engaged in for this class. Your grade on this assignment will be based on a combination of the research proposal you submit and the feedback you give to your peers.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand and apply a variety of ethnographic research methods.
  • Present research to peers and instructors in written and oral format.
  • Prepare a sample research proposal for a feasible participant-observation ethnographic study.

Research journal

Assessment Type 1: Field book
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: 12 May
Weighting: 15%

From the third week of class students will be asked to keep a research journal. This should be a participant-observation record of their research activity.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand and apply a variety of ethnographic research methods.
  • Conduct ethnographic research.
  • Apply a variety of qualitative research methods, including interviewing, semantic domain analysis, unobtrusive observation, preparing literature review, and time allocation surveys.

Ethnographic research paper

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: 4 June
Weighting: 35%

Students will write an ethnographic research paper of approximately 2,500 words based on the data that they have collected in their ethnographic research journal.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Conduct ethnographic research.
  • Present research to peers and instructors in written and oral format.
  • Acquire the knowledge and confidence to competently discuss and apply field research techniques relevant for employment as a field researcher.

Oral presentation of research

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 5 hours
Due: Week 12/13
Weighting: 10%

Students will present their research projects in the class in Weeks 12/13.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Present research to peers and instructors in written and oral format.
  • Acquire the knowledge and confidence to competently discuss and apply field research techniques relevant for employment as a field researcher.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

ANTH3024 is run in a two-hour seminar format. [No tutorials] Seminars start in Week 1. 

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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