• Class Number 1600
  • Term Code 2920
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 12 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Patrick Guinness
    • Dr Patrick Guinness
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 11/02/2019
  • Class End Date 19/04/2019
  • Census Date 01/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 25/02/2019
SELT Survey Results

 The focus of this course is the examination of issues in anthropology and the social sciences, and the development of research skills. Students will explore the characteristics of a problem in anthropology, and how one can relate theory to empirical material, theory to ethnography, and the investigation of social issues. Students will be introduced to a range of commonly deployed ethnographic methods and will be invited to consider the relationship to those methods to theory and the carriage of argument, relative to their own intended honours question and selected ethnographies. 

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and research a particular topic or strand of argument in anthropological literature;
  2. Create basic themes and structures to formulate research questions;
  3. Explain the notion of `ethnography’ in the anthropological tradition, and some of its conventions, as well as changes in it.
  4. Examine the relationship between the conceptual background and the ethnographic research material in ethnographies studied.

Research-Led Teaching

This constitutes a lot of reading each week and you will need to rapid-read and read with intent to get through the content. To help you do this there will be specific tasks set for each person to provide focus for your reading. But as you work on your thesis and the reading needed for that you will probably find that you also need to that through rapid-reading and reading with intent. So this course is designed as a research-led course, where you set the pace.

You will be aware that on the Programs and Courses site this intensive course demands 260 hours of total student learning time. Over six weeks that looks like 44 hours a week which seems a trifle unrealistic. I imagine you spending twenty hours a week in preparation and class time, so will expect you in that time to have read and thought about both the set chapter from Harrison (2018) and the set ethnography for that week.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1 March 1 Prepare for this class by reading Harrison 2018 Chapter 1 Introduction to ethnography AND James Clifford and George Marcus 1986 Writing Culture. The Introduction and chapter
2 Week 2 March 8 Harrison 2018 Chapter 2 Research design Ethnography: Alice Goffman 2014 On the Run
3 Week 3 March 15 Harrison 2018 Chapter 3 Writing up methodology Ethnography: Seth Holmes 2013 Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies
4 Week 4 March 22 Harrison 2018 Chapter 4 Writing up research findings Ethography: Harkness 2014 Chicago: Hustle and Flow
5 Week 5 March 29 Harrison 2018 Chapter 5 Discussion and evaluation Ethnography: Kalyani Menon 2010 Everyday Nationalism
6 Week 6 April 5 Oral presentation of first essay thoughts and arguments Ethnography: Gustaffson 2009 War and Shadows

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation in weekly seminar (30%). 30 % 10/04/2019 10/04/2019 1,2,3,4
First essay 3000 words due on April 11 (35%) 35 % 11/04/2019 11/04/2019 1,3
Second essay 3000 words due 18 April (35%) 35 % 18/04/2019 18/04/2019 2,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


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Assessment Requirements

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Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 10/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 10/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Participation in weekly seminar (30%).

Each week you will be presenting your thoughts on both the set text and the ethnography and this mark is meant to reflect the effort you are contributing to the class learning    

Assessment Task 2

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 11/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 11/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

First essay 3000 words due on April 11 (35%)

For this essay take any point/ argument/ observation made in Harrison’s book, explore the sources he uses to elucidate his argument and discover further sources that enable you to come up with your own take on this argument. We will identify and discuss some of the possibilities you could follow as we discuss the chapters.

You will present an oral version of your essay in the final week of term, April 5. There will be no mark for this other than the regular participation mark so that you can focus rather on the discussion of your ideas.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 18/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 18/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,4

Second essay 3000 words due 18 April (35%)

Compare two ethnographies that we have studied in respect of a a theme of your choice. You will need to discuss this theme with the convenor so that it is clearly focused and do-able.

Academic Integrity

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Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Whenever possible assignments will be returned within a week of submission date.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Patrick Guinness

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Dr Patrick Guinness

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Dr Patrick Guinness

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Dr Patrick Guinness

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