- Code ANTH8019
- Unit Value 6 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 PGRD
- 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:
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;
- Gain 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
This course is a required course for the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program and therefore is generally available each year.
Participation 10% (LO 1 + 2 + 3) ,
2500 words minor Essay 40% (LO 1+2),
3500 words major essay 50% (LO 1 + 2 + 3),
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Two hours per week in a seminar format over 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 8 hours of independent study per teaching week over the semester (total 130 hours).
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|1020||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|
|3266||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|