Anthropology (ANTH) 402
Ethnographic Research Methods (Revision 3)
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Area of Study: Social Science
Prerequisite: ANTH 275 and one 300-level sociocultural anthropology course or consent of the professor.
ANTH 402 is not available for Challenge.
This is a senior-level course in anthropological research methods that reviews issues in ethnographic research. The focus is on gaining skills and practice in doing ethnographic research. The course involves learning about research methods and then applying them to a subject of each student’s interest. You will gain practical experience in defining a research problem, doing background literature research, writing a research proposal, and carrying out and presenting a small independent field project. This course allows the opportunity to learn through experience and complements Anthropology 401: Ethnography, the Writing of Culture.
- Understand the processes of ethnographic research and research design in ethnography
- Understand the implications of methodological choices and their relationship to research questions and settings
- Benefit from practical experience with ethics applications, ethnographic field methods, and the process of creating a research proposal
The course consists of the following units:
- Unit 1: Introduction and the Nature of Ethnographic Research
- Unit 2: Ethnography as Qualitative Research
- Unit 3: Defining a Research Problem or Question
- Unit 4: Research Design—Matching Methods, Locale, and Time Frame
- Unit 5: Ethics in Human Research
- Unit 6: Documentary Research and Literature Review
- Unit 7: Research Techniques—Participant Observation and Interviewing
- Unit 8: Visual Methods—Ethnographic Film, Video, and Photography in Ethnography
- Unit 9: Organizing Data and Data Analysis
- Unit 10: Research Proposals and Project Design
|Assignment 1: Essay on Ethnographic Research Methods||20%|
|Assignment 2: Statement of Research Area||5%|
|Assignment 3: Ethics Form for Field Research Project (for the field assignment)||5%|
|Assignment 4: Annotated Bibliography||15%|
|Assignment 5: Field Research Assignment||25%|
|Assignment 6: Research Proposal with Literature Review and Ethics Form||30%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Marshall, Catherine, and Gretchen B. Rossman. Designing Qualitative Research. 6th ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2016.
A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
Watson, C. W., ed. Being There: Fieldwork in Anthropology. London, Sterling, VA: Pluto Press, 1999.
Ellen, R. F., ed. Ethnographic Research: A Guide to General Conduct. London: Academic Press, 1987.
All other materials are available online.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 3, February 12, 2020.
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