- Code ANTH4009
- Unit Value 12 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Anthropology
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Sverre Molland
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2015
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Explore and compare the formulation of research questions in the social sciences and in development
- Demonstrate 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
- Explore a range of ethical issues relevant to social research
- Understand research design, and be able to choose rigorous and practical research methods to address a problem focused research question(s)
Minor Essay 2500 words 20% (LO 1, 2)
Major Essay 3500 words 25% (LO 1, 2, 3)
Research Project 5000 words 50% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Participation 5% (LO 1, 2, 3)
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3 hours of lectures in a seminar format per week for 13
weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 17 hours of independent
study per week over the semester including additional online workshops for the
major project (total 260 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsReadings will change according to topics offered.
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of a cognate major
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3424||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|