Anthropological Research Methods (850L6)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.