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AT 3021 / AT 3521

Course Co-ordinator: Dr M Bolton

Pre-requisite(s): Must be in Level 3 of the Anthropology single honours programme.

Note(s): This course will be available in the first half-session of 2012/13 as AT 3021.

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 lectures 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 lectures for this course will cover intellectual currents and debates relating to methodological issues in anthropology, tutorials will have a strong practical element. In tutorials, lecture themes will be discussed by students and given practical relevance. Students will identify issues of particular importance to methodological practice with regards to such practical areas as 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.

1 one-hour lecture and 1 one-hour tutorial per week.

1st Attempt: Project proposal, 600 words (10%) of the final grade

Research assignment, 2,000 words (50%) of the final grade
final exam, two-hours (40%) of the final grade.

Resit: Final exam, three-hours (100%) of the final grade.