Ethnographic Research Methods

Module code: L6046N
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

In this module, you are introduced to practical, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding ethnographic research in anthropology, and the social sciences more generally.

You explore methodological concerns around research design and implementation - through a series of workshops on epistemology, methodology, and ethics.

You are introduced to a range of qualitative research methods, including the research interview, participant-observation, and various participatory research methods. You also get an introduction to the analysis of qualitative data, and key issues of writing and representation.

For this module, you are assessed on a group research project. In this project, you design and conduct an independent piece of ethnographic research around a key anthropological theme, while reflecting on and applying the theoretical and practical insights gained through 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