School of Global Studies

Anthropological Research Methods (850L6)

Anthropological Research Methods

Module 850L6

Module details for 2017/18.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)

Module Outline

This module introduces students to methodological, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding ethnographic research in anthropology and the social sciences more generally. Through a series of workshops, students are introduced to a range of research methods used in the discipline, including interviews, participant observation, ethnography, visual and digital methodology, etc. Methodological concerns around research design and conduct are related to issues of epistemology and ethics. The module also introduces a number of applied research skills (participatory and action research) and familiarises students with broader debates about politics, positionality and representation in ethnographic research and writing. Finally, the analysis and writing up of qualitative data are explored.

Module learning outcomes

To demonstrate an advanced understanding of a range of anthropological research methods and skills, and the epistemological and ethical issues involved in anthropological research

To critically assess the types of knowledge produced by different research methods

To critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of applying different research methods to specific research problems

To communicate and present information effectively, both in oral and written form

Carry out advanced independent research, either field or library based, on the anthropology of food

TypeTimingWeighting
Report (2500 words)End of Year Assessment Week 4 Wed 16:00100.00%
Timing

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.

Weighting

Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring TeachingSeminar2 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/214700

Dr Kimberly Chong

Convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/380669

Please note that the University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver courses and modules in accordance with the descriptions set out here. However, the University keeps its courses and modules under review with the aim of enhancing quality. Some changes may therefore be made to the form or content of courses or modules shown as part of the normal process of curriculum management.

The University reserves the right to make changes to the contents or methods of delivery of, or to discontinue, merge or combine modules, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the University. If there are not sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the University reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the University withdraws or discontinues a module, it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative module.