Anthropology

Issues in Contemporary Ethnography

Module code: 856L6
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Report

You examine the recent development of ethnography, since the publication of 'Writing Culture' (1986).

You focus on key themes in contemporary anthropology and ethnography, including history, gender and sexuality, and writing conflict.

You study the range of contemporary ethnography largely through a focus on key monographs, together with a consideration of visual forms of ethnography such as ethnographic film, graphic ethnographies and museum ethnography.

Module learning outcomes

  • Advanced critical understanding of the role of ethnography, as both method and text, in anthropology, and the changes in the genre and its associated methodology over the past 30 years.
  • Ability to critically evaluate and contextualise contemporary ethnographic texts within the discipline of anthropology.
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of key contemporary ethnographic monographs.
  • Ability to express in written form reasoned and informed critical argument and judgement of contemporary ethnographic monographs.