- Code ANTH6068
- 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, Social Research, Sociology, Heritage Studies
Anthropology as a discipline is distinguished by its use of ethnography, the intense, intimate study of a small section of human society. This method brings with it both advantages and challenges. It allows anthropologists (and, by extension, their readers, project teams, and employers) to look into human motivations, concerns, hopes, and joys – in short, to see the fine detail of life behind the numbers of government reports, economic trends, opinion polls, and other statistics. At the same time, there is an intimate relationship between researcher and researched (individuals called informants, collaborators, partners, and often friends) that does not always exist in other fields. This course will chart the emergence of anthropology as a fieldwork science, and the changing features of ethnographic practice over 100 years of disciplinary history. We then engage with emerging trends and theories related to new fieldwork contexts like corporate and design applications and digital anthropology.
Over the course of the semester we will survey and apply a broad range of anthropological methods. This course is structured as a practicum, emphasizing learning by doing. Each student will follow one project for the whole semester. Practicums will involve sharing, debating, and brainstorming applied anthropology in real world contexts.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Discuss and critically evaluate the history and significance of ethnography within anthropological research methods.
- Identify and formulate an original anthropological
question as the basis for an ongoing applied, hands-on service based learning
over the course of the semester.
- Draw upon and apply a broad range of anthropological
research methods to an independent fieldwork project.
- Evaluate research design and develop advanced skills in communicating ethnographic findings to peers and the course convener.
Practicum portfolio (weekly 250-350 word reflective statements) (LO 2,3) 25%
Intellectual history project (1,000 words) (LO 1) 20%
Four applied projects (750 words each) and presentation (LO 3,4) 35%
Final reflective essay (2,000 words) (LO 1,2,4) 20%
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1 hour of lecture and 2 hours of hands-on practical per week for 12 weeks (total of 3 hours). Students are expected to commit a further 1 hour per week to service based learning per week. Over the course of the semester students should engage in a further 94 hours of independent study (total 130 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Ingold, Tim. "That's enough about ethnography!." HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 4.1 (2014): 383-395.
Duneier, Mitchell. “Race and Peeing on Sixth Avenue,” in Twine, France Winddance, and Jonathan W. Warren, eds. Racing research, researching race: Methodological dilemmas in critical race studies. NYU Press, 2000. Pp. 215-226
Nardi, Bonnie. "When Fieldnotes Seem to Write Themselves: Ethnography Online." EFieldnotes: The Makings of Anthropology in the Digital World (2015): 192-209.
Minkler, Meredith. "Community-based research partnerships: challenges and opportunities." Journal of Urban Health 82 (2005): ii3-ii12.
Sangster, Joan. "Telling our stories: Feminist debates and the use of oral history." Women's History Review 3.1 (1994): 5-28.
Ruby, Jay. "Researching with a Camera: The Anthropologist as Picture Taker." Picturing Culture. Explorations of Film and Anthropology (2000): 41-66.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9912||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|