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.
Weekly Seminar Participation (10%) LO 1, 2
2 In-class presentations of 5 minutes each (5% each) LO 1, 2
Paper: 2500 words (15%) LO 3, 4
Annotated bibliography: 1000 words (15%) LO 1, 2
Major Essay: 5000 words (50%) LO 2, 3, 4
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WorkloadSemester length delivery - 260 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 24 hours of seminars and b) 212 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Intensive delivery - 260 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 48 hours of contact: lectures and seminars delivered intensively over 6 weeks; and b) 212 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
(sample set of ethnographic readings for one semester; main course ethnographic texts will change from time to time):
Kahn, Miriam. Tahiti Beyond the Postcard: Power, Place and Everyday Life. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011.
Tengan, Ty P. Kawika 2008. Native Men Remade: Gender and Nation in Contemporary Hawaii.
Cattelino, Jessica 2008. High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty. Duke.
Thornton 1985. `Imagine Yourself Set Down: Mach, Frazer, Conrad, Malinowski, and the Role of the Imagination in Ethnography’. Anthropology Today 1(5):7-14.
Malinowski, B. 1953 . The Subject, Method and Scope of this Inquiry. Pp. 1-25 from Argonauts of the Western Pacific. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Evans-Pritchard, E.E. 1940. Introductory. Pp. 1-15 and from `Interest in Cattle’, pp. 36-50 from The Nuer. Oxford: Clarendon.
Hammersley, M. and P. Atkinson 2007. What is Ethnography? From Ethnography: Principles in Practice. Third edition. Routledge.
Completion of a cognate major.
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