• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies, Social Research, Sociology, Heritage Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning Fieldwork
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Sverre Molland
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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Anthropology as a discipline is distinguished by its use of ethnography, the intense, intimate study of a small section of human society. This method brings with it both advantages and challenges. It allows anthropologists (and, by extension, their readers, project teams, and employers) to look into human motivations, concerns, hopes, and joys – in short, to see the fine detail of life behind the numbers of government reports, economic trends, opinion polls, and other statistics. At the same time, there is an intimate relationship between researcher and researched (individuals called informants, collaborators, partners, and often friends) that does not always exist in other fields. This course will chart the emergence of anthropology as a fieldwork science, and the changing features of ethnographic practice over 100 years of disciplinary history. We then engage with emerging trends and theories related to new fieldwork contexts like corporate and design applications, and digital anthropology.

Over the course of the semester we will survey and apply a broad range of anthropological methods. This course is structured as a practicum, emphasising learning by doing. Each student will develop a project and trial a variety of ethnographic approaches to data collection. Practicums will involve trialling, sharing, debating, and brainstorming applied anthropology in real world contexts.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. discuss and critically evaluate the history and significance of ethnography within anthropological research methods;
  2. identify and formulate original anthropological questions as the basis for a range of fieldwork scenarios;
  3. draw upon and apply a broad array of anthropological research methods to an independent ethnographic project; and
  4. evaluate research design and develop advanced skills in communicating ethnographic findings to diverse audiences.

Work Integrated Learning


This is an applied fieldwork practicum that includes a placement with a community organisation and communication of results to the field partner. Through participatory research methods, students learn to align their qualitative research skills with the needs and priorities of their partner organisation and communicate their results effectively.

Other Information

Students will complete individual and group-based independent research projects over the course of the semester. There is a significant self-directed fieldwork-based research component to this course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Practicum Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Book Club (30-40min podcast; 1000 word individual component to the group assessment) (25) [LO 1,4]
  3. Three applied projects (1500 words each, 15% each) (45) [LO 2,3]
  4. Final reflective essay (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of hands-on practical; and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing including 2 hour per week (24 hrs) of independent ethnographic research

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH2067 or ANTH6068.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Preliminary Reading

Ferguson, J., 1997. Anthropological locations: Boundaries and grounds of a field science. University of California Press.

Sanjek, R. and Tratner, S.W. eds., 2016. eFieldnotes: The makings of anthropology in the digital world. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Pink, S., 2020. Doing visual ethnography. Sage.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7647 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View
9039 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 Online N/A

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