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AT3023: ETHNOGRAPHY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 24 May 2018 12:02

Course Overview

What is ethnographic writing and how do we learn to write ethnographically? This course seeks to familiarise students with the craft of ethnographic writing through a series of lectures, seminars, reading and writing exercises.  

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Nancy Wachowich

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 3

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Anthropology (AT) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AT3519 Ethnography (Studied)
  • AT3523 Ethnography (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will familiarise students with a range of different ethnographic genres, such as: realist, critical, experimental, phenomenological, and historical. Through careful attention to the range and scope of ethnographic reading and writing, the course will address the ways in which anthropologists, both historically and in the present-day, have chosen to conduct fieldwork, establish ethnographic authority, and present cultural realities. We explore how, as they are read, ethnographies are able to stimulate comparative theoretical thinking. As the course proceeds, anthropology emerges as both a science and an art form.

Further Information & Notes


This course is an essential component of the Single Honours Anthropology degree programmes.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt:

5 x (850 word) ethnographic descriptions, the first formative only 60% total
Essay (2,000 words) 40%

Resit: Essay 1 (25%), 1,500 words, Essay 2, book review assignment, (25%), 800-1,000 words, Essay 3, (50%) 2,000 words.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Written feedback will be given on all continuous assessment. Work on the ethnographic descriptions begins in week 1 of the course and students will be able to discuss aspects of their project and receive verbal feedback during the weekly practicals.

Course Learning Outcomes


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