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 questions and selected ethnographies.
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:
- identify and research a particular topic or strand of argument in anthropological literature;
- create sophisticated themes and structures to formulate research questions;
- critically assess the notion of `ethnography’ in the anthropological tradition, and some of its conventions, as well as changes in it; and
- critically assess the relationship between the conceptual background and the ethnographic research material in ethnographies studied.
In class presentation, 15 mins (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 4
Participation (10%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
Essay, 1500 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 4
Essay, 7000 words (50%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
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Workload260 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks of seminars.
b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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