• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies

Ethnography has long been the signature method of anthropology and more recently has gained prominence across the humanities and social sciences. This class explores the craft of ethnographic writing. Working with selections from ethnographies, we will explore ways to represent place, person, voice, the self, the integration of narrative and theory, and how ethnographic methods might enhance other genres of writing and representations of Asia and the Pacific.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of this course, students should be able to
1. identify how ethnography can be distinguished from, even as it overlaps with, other ways of depicting and interpreting people’s lives.
2. identify and articulate effective strategies for “writing culture” used by other scholars.
3. integrate description and analysis in ethnographic writing.
4. generate writing from prompts, comment and edit peers’ work, integrate critiques in revisions.

Indicative Assessment

1. Five short assignments, 600 words each, 50% (Ethnographic skills, #3 #4)

2. Revised versions of five prior assignments with reflective essay situating work amid insights gained from class readings, 600 words each, 20% (Ability to incorporate critical comments for revision and synthesis #1, #2 #3 #4)

3. Questions and presentations of readings on ethnography during week assigned, 100-200 words each, 10% (Critical thinking and extraction of key points #1, #2)

4. Written peer review comments on first version of fellow student’s five short assignments, 30-50 words each, 20% (Close critical and constructive reading #2, #4)

Students will be required to record their presentations

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of courses.


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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3319 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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