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AT3031: DOING ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27


Course Overview

This course aims to acquaint students with the practical, methodological and theoretical issues associated with anthropological research. It examines critically different methodological approaches and the relation between fieldwork experiences and ethnographic production. The course is run through a series of student-led seminars with guest anthropologists, tutorials and workshops which involve practical activities. Issues covered include preparation for fieldwork, framing research questions, collecting ethnographic data and presenting ethnographic interpretations.  An important part of the assessment is a small individual research project chosen, designed and carried out by the student.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Maggie Bolton

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

None.

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course is intended to acquaint students with the practical, methodological and theoretical issues associated with anthropological research. We will look critically at different methodological approaches and the relationship between fieldwork experiences and ethnographic production. The course will run as a combination of student led seminars and methodological workshops. Each weekly module will address a different element of ethnographic practice and focus on the changing dynamics of ethnographic research. Topics will also include interviewing, taking fieldnotes and other skills and techniques of anthropology in the field. While seminars and tutorials for this course will cover intellectual currents and debates relating to methodological issues in anthropology, and workshops will have a strong practical element, practical issues covered nclude preparing for fieldwork, framing research questions, collecting ethnographic data and presenting ethnographic interpretations. The research assignment will cover both practical and written elements of ethnographic production.

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


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Research Outline 10% (600-1000 words) Research Assignment 40% (3500 words max.) My Aberdeen blog entries 10% Examination (2-hour) 40% Resit 100% examination

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

Feedback will be provided to students throughout the continuous assessment exercises and in tutorials. Work on the ethnographic research projects 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

None.

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