Anthropology

Anthropological Research Methods

Module code: 850L6
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Report

You study methodological, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding ethnographic research in anthropology and the social sciences.

Through a series of workshops, you are introduced to a range of research methods used in the discipline, including interviews, participant observation, ethnography, visual and digital methodology. Methodological concerns around research design and conduct are related to issues of epistemology and ethics.

You learn applied research skills (participatory and action research) and study broader debates about politics, positionality and representation in ethnographic research and writing. Finally, the analysis and writing up of qualitative data is 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