- Class Number 4605
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 12 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Simone Dennis
- Dr Baptiste Brossard
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify and research a particular topic or strand of
argument in anthropological literature;
- Create basic themes and structures to formulate research
- Explain the notion of `ethnography’ in the anthropological tradition, and some of its conventions, as well as changes in it.
- Examine the relationship between the conceptual
background and the ethnographic research material in ethnographies studied.
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.
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- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|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 task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Participation in weekly seminar (30%).||30 %||1,2,3,4|
|First essay 3000 words (35%)||35 %||1,3|
|Second essay 3000 words (35%)||35 %||2,4|
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Assessment Task 1
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
Learning Outcomes: 1,3
First essay 3000 words (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
Learning Outcomes: 2,4
Second essay 3000 words (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.
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