- Class Number 3288
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic On-line
- Mode of Delivery Online
- Dr Sverre Molland
- Dr Sverre Molland
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
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
Tutorial Participation Hardware Requirements (online students):
Every online student of this course must observe the following hardware requirements: A functioning microphone headset - specifically with a dedicated microphone to ensure sound quality is suitable for the online class environment. Any digital USB headset (such one of the Logitech H-series) or a soundboard-powered headset (which operates through the sound and microphone ports) will be suitable. A reliable and fast broadband internet connection to participate in the weekly online tutorials at the scheduled time and also preferably to use the course materials including videos.
Windows-PC Requirements In order to run the course materials and participate fully in course activities (including assessment items) students with a Windows personal computer will need to ensure their software setup is fully up-to-date and that the computer meets the minimum specifications which are:
- 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1;
- Windows 10, 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit), 8.0 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
- 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
- Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
- Adobe® Flash® Player 13.0+
In order to run the course materials and participate fully in course activities (including assessment items) students with a Mac personal computer will need to ensure their software setup is fully up-to-date and that the computer meets the minimum specifications which are:
- 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
- 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
- Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10
- Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
- Adobe Flash Player 13.0+
Please note that Adobe Connect provides an app (iphone/android) which may be used for online classes. After installing the app, simply click on the adobe connect link within Wattle on your phone’s web browser, and the adobe connect app should automatically launch
All required readings will be provided via wattle/library. Several recommended readings are also made available but students are expected to also actively use the library. Although there is no expectation that students will purchase textbooks, students may find the following books of interest:
Bernard, H.R. & Clarence Gravlee, 2015. Handbook of methods in cultural anthropology, London: Rowman & Littlefield. (Please do not purchase this book; its available online via ANU library)
The journal Field Methods is also very useful which can be accessed through the university website.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written feedback via turnitin on written assignments comprising in-text annotations, a marking rubric and a general overall comment.
- all students can at anytime approach the lecturer requesting feedback on their tutorial participation performance.
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|Summary of Activities
|Introduction to social analysis and community politics
|Political dimensions of research: gatekeepers and orchestrated change
|Gathering Data Rapidly: PRA/RRA
|Gathering data non-rapidly: ethnographic research and participant observations
|Focus groups and interviews
|Social Surveys & Questionnaires
|Social Surveys & Questionnaires (cont).
|Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation Research (PEER)
|Case Study: Population Census, Household Surveys and UNDP’s Multidimensional Poverty Index
|Case study: Social Mapping - beyond sites and territory (development, labour migrants and social research)
|Data Analysis and Fieldnotes
|Return of assessment
|Tutorial & Forum Participation
|1, 2, 3
|1, 2, 3
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Digital resources will be available through the ANU’s learning management systems Wattle. Lectures are made available through Wattle. There will also be online tutorials for all students, using Adobe Connect. Online tutes are recorded. Online attendance requires adequate computer technology, including internet access. Please see Wattle’s tutorial signup page for further information. For students who genuinely cannot attend class due to either work commitments or night-time time-zone complications may be allowed to provide a written response in lieu of class participation (subject to written confirmation by work supervisor provided to the course convenor at the beginning of the semester).
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Tutorial & Forum Participation
Tutorials are held each week, except for two weeks when we will run the class in an online discussion forum workshop-style format. The tutorial is meant to be an informal, cordial, yet informed collective and individual learning process regarding different topics discussed throughout the semester. All students must do the required readings for each week. Students are expected to actively participate by asking questions, make comments and engage in conversation. Hence, simply attending tutorials does not equate participation. The quality of contributions is far more important than quantity. Students are expected to demonstrate a critical engagement with the readings as well as the broader topics discussed in the tutorial. Repeated comments that are off-topic and do not demonstrate an engagement with the unit material (although unlikely to be penalised) will not be rewarded with any marks. Students are also expected to contribute in a positive manner. Although well-informed debate and discussion is encouraged, this must at all times be taking place in a collegial and respectful manner. Please note that up to two absences from tutes (or forums) will not impede on your participation grade. Absences beyond that may be excused, subject to the provision of a medical certificate, or equivalent, which must be emailed to the course convenor beforeclass.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
Purpose of assignment:
To demonstrate students’ engagement with the literature on research methodology; to show their understanding of methods and their applications, and their ability to make critical assessment of these; and to show that they can communicate clearly in writing in an academic format.
Word length: 2500 words. Note: word length is exclusive of bibliography and can be within the margin of 10%.
The minor essay is based on material covered in week 1-6. It is an analytical essay where students must demonstrate a critical examination of methodological approaches in the context of development work. Students may use both required and recommended sources from the unit outline but may also explore other sources. For further details, see wattle.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Purpose of assignment:
The major essay gives students the opportunity to apply the methodological and analytical tools covered throughout the semester through reviewing a major piece of research pertaining to development which utilizes at least one of the research approaches covered in week 7-12.
A detailed assessment guideline is provided in wattle. Word length: 3500 words
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Dr. Molland’s overarching research interests examines the intersections between migration, development and security in a comparative perspective, with specific focus on governance regimes and intervention modalities in mainland Southeast Asia.
Dr Sverre Molland