• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sverre Molland
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course provides a guide to the processes and methods of social research, with emphasis on qualitative rather than quantitative research, and on the kinds of research questions and environments that researchers are liable to encounter in development work. The research process can be considered to be divided into four phases: Formulating Research Questions (and dealing with research requests), Gathering Data, Analysing Data, and Writing Up. This course focuses especially on the Gathering Data phase. We will explore, and pay critical attention to, certain 'rapid assessment' methods and tools that have become standard in many kinds of development work in the last two to three decades. These tools are used to map or document the varied relationships between members of local communities and their environmental, social and cultural resources. We will explore the concept of 'participation' that underlies those tools. We will consider differences and similarities between these participatory development tools and standard anthropological methods. Throughout, we will keep in mind questions of research ethics, kinds of knowledge and observation, and the politics, conflicts and dynamics of research with and within local communities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students who satisfy the requirements of this course will have:

  • explored and compared the formulation of research questions in the social sciences and in development;
  • gained experience of a range of basic (largely qualitative) data-collection methods used in the social sciences and in development work and awareness of practical and critical issues in the use of these methods;
  • explored a range of ethical issues relevant to social research; and
  • experienced formulating research questions and creating appropriate data-collection instruments (interview, focus, census, survey, genealogical, demographic and other mapping tools as well as various rapid appraisal methods).

Indicative Assessment

Essay 35%, participation 10%, major case study 55%.

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Workload

Three hours per week in a seminar format and a further five hours per week readng for the class and undertaking the various assessment tasks.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH8019.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2940
2004 $3672
2005 $4356
2006 $4356
2007 $4356
2008 $4356
2009 $4356
2010 $4500
2011 $4620
2012 $4716
2013 $4956
2014 $4956
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $6900
2004 $6900
2005 $6900
2006 $6900
2007 $6900
2008 $6900
2009 $6900
2010 $7152
2011 $7164
2012 $7164
2013 $7512
2014 $7524
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2031 24 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 06 Jun 2014 In Person N/A

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