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AT3523: ETHNOGRAPHY (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:33


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 Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Nancy Wachowich

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

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

  • Anthropology (AT) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 3

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MA Anthropology

Contact Teaching Time

37 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment: Essay 1 (25%), 1,500 words, Essay 2, book review assignment, (25%), 800-1,000 words, Essay 3, (40%) 2,000 words, 5 short ethnographic descriptions (10%), 300 words each

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

None.

Feedback

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.

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