- Code ANTH8006
- 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
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;
- 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
- Understand research design, and be able to choose rigorous and practical research methods to address a problem focused research question(s)
Participation 5% (LO 1-3),
2500 words minor Essay 20% (LO 1,2),
3500 words major essay 25% (LO 1-3),
6000 words research project 50% (LO 1-4)
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Two hours per week in a seminar format and one hour per week of on-line workshop for the major project (total contact 39 hours). Students are expected to undertake a further 17 hours of independent study per teaching week over the semester (total 260 hours).
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2016||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person||N/A|
|3887||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person||N/A|