• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies

Ethnography has long been the signature method of anthropology and more recently has gained prominence across the humanities and social sciences. This class explores the craft of ethnographic writing. Working with selections from ethnographies, we will explore ways to represent place, person, voice, the self, the integration of narrative and theory, and how ethnographic methods might enhance other genres of writing and representations of Asia and the Pacific.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of this course, students should be able to
1. identify how ethnography can be distinguished from, even as it overlaps with, other ways of depicting and interpreting people’s lives.
2. identify and articulate effective strategies for “writing culture” used by other scholars.
3. integrate description and analysis in ethnographic writing.
4. generate writing from prompts, comment and edit peers’ work, integrate critiques in revisions.

Indicative Assessment

1. Four short assignments, 600 words each, 40% (Ethnographic skills, #3 #4)

2. Revised versions of four prior assignments with 1000 word reflective essay situating work amid insights gained from class readings and discussion, 30% (Ability to incorporate critical comments for revision and synthesis #1, #2 #3 #4)

3. Questions for discussion and presentation of readings for assigned session, 100-200 words each, 10% (Critical thinking and extraction of key points #1, #2)

4. Written peer review comments on first version of fellow student’s four short assignments, 30-50 words each, 20% (Close critical and constructive reading #2, #4)

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This course will run over five Saturdays in semester 2, 2016. 
23 July
30 July 
6 August 
13 August 
20 August
The course will run from 9am to 5pm in BPB E4.44. 


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6 units

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Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8615 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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