- Code ANTH4012
- 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
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Francesca Merlan
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2015
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The focus of this course is the examination of issues in anthropology and the social sciences, and the development of research skills. Students will explore the characteristics of a problem in anthropology, and how one can relate theory to empirical material, theory to ethnography, and the investigation of social issues. Students will consider how one of anthropology's major kinds of writing, the ethnography, is focused on linking theory and field research.
Emphasis will be given to studying (several) recent ethnographies, and understanding this genre within anthropology, the relation of ethnography and theory, and to actively investigate the development of particular problem strands within these works.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify and research a particular topic or strand of
argument in anthropological literature;
- Create basic themes and structures to formulate research
- Explain the notion of `ethnography’ in the anthropological tradition, and some of its conventions, as well as changes in it.
- Examine the relationship between the conceptual
background and the ethnographic research material in ethnographies studied.
Weekly Seminar Participation (10%) LO 1, 2
2 In-class presentations of 5 minutes each (5% each) LO 1, 2
Paper: 2500 words (15%) LO 3, 4
Annotated bibliography: 1000 words (15%) LO 1, 2
Major Essay: 5000 words (50%) LO 2, 3, 4
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2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of seminars per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 16 hours of independent study per week over the semester (total 260 hours)
Requisite and Incompatibility
(sample set of ethnographic readings for one semester; main course ethnographic texts will change from time to time):
Kahn, Miriam. Tahiti Beyond the Postcard: Power, Place and Everyday Life. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011.
Tengan, Ty P. Kawika 2008. Native Men Remade: Gender and Nation in Contemporary Hawaii.
Cattelino, Jessica 2008. High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty. Duke.
Thornton 1985. `Imagine Yourself Set Down: Mach, Frazer, Conrad, Malinowski, and the Role of the Imagination in Ethnography’. Anthropology Today 1(5):7-14.
Malinowski, B. 1953 . The Subject, Method and Scope of this Inquiry. Pp. 1-25 from Argonauts of the Western Pacific. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Evans-Pritchard, E.E. 1940. Introductory. Pp. 1-15 and from `Interest in Cattle’, pp. 36-50 from The Nuer. Oxford: Clarendon.
Hammersley, M. and P. Atkinson 2007. What is Ethnography? From Ethnography: Principles in Practice. Third edition. Routledge.
Completion 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|
|3471||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|