|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
130cp at 1000 level or above including (30cp from ANTH units including (10cp from ANTH units at 3000 level))
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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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
|Seminar participation||20%||No||Every week|
|Ethics quiz||0%||No||2 August|
|Research proposal||20%||No||30 August|
|Research journal||15%||No||11 October|
|Oral presentation of research||10%||No||25 October and 1 November|
|Ethnographic research paper||35%||No||8 November|
Seminar participation, including discussion preparation guide
Students will take the online ethics module for social science research and the online quiz at the end of the module.
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.
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.
Students will present their research projects in the class in Weeks 12/13.
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.
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ANTH3024 is run in a two-hour seminar format. [No tutorials] Seminars start in Week 1.
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