• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies More...
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Tomlinson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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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. Notes and summary description of in-class video viewing, 10%. 500 words. (Outcome #3, 4). 
2. Short paper on public observation, 20%. (Outcome #2, 3, 4). 1000 words. 
3. Theoretical essay, 35%. 2000 words. (Outcome #1, 2). 
4. Ethnographic essay, 35%. 2000 words. (Outcome #1, 2). 

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The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be available on wattle. 

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Pacific Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Asia-Pacific Studies


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
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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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