School of Global Studies

Ethnographic Research Methods (L6046N)

Ethnographic Research Methods

Module L6046N

Module details for 2017/18.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module introduces students to practical, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding ethnographic research in anthropology and the social sciences more generally. Methodological concerns around research design and implementation will be explored through a series of workshops on epistemology, methodology, and ethics. The module introduces students to a range of qualitative research methods, including the research interview, participant-observation and various participatory research methods. The module also introduces the students to the analysis of qualitative data and to key issues of writing and representation. The module is assessed by a group research project conducted by the students themselves. This project will give the students the opportunity to design and conduct an independent piece of ethnographic research around a key anthropological theme, while allowing them to reflect on and apply the theoretical and practical insights gained in the course of the module.

Module learning outcomes

Ability to demonstrate knowledge of a range of anthropological research methods

Ability to evaluate epistemological, methodological and ethical issues involved in ethnographic research

Ability to critically assess the research methodology of a published monograph

Ability to communicate effectively with others, and present information both orally and in writing

TypeTimingWeighting
Essay (2000 words)Mid Year Assessment Week 2 Mon 16:0080.00%
Coursework20.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group PresentationT1 Week 11 (20 minutes)100.00%
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
Autumn TeachingWORKSHOP2 hours111110111111

How to read the week pattern

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

Dr Nigel Eltringham

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/158813

Miss Karis Jade Petty

Convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/202499

Miss Susan Chater

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/336740

Miss Emilia Roycroft

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

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