Ethnographic Research Methods (L6046N)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module utilises group-based engagement with ethnographic monographs to reflect on methods of research in anthropology. The module has two parts:

Part one (weeks 1-4) considers the history, tools and complexities of the ethnographic method. In these weeks, we address issues including ethics, reflexivity and the practicalities of addressing these concerns.

Part two (weeks 5-12) investigates the application and development of research methods in practice through study of monographs. You will be organised into small groups and allocated a monograph which you will be asked to study in timetabled sections. The second part of the course engages with specific methods of research, including participant observation, participation, interviews, life histories/stories, sensory methodologies and the role of writing. We will critically consider the materials and knowledges generated through these methodologies and the theorising this enables. You will be asked to reflect on the content of both parts one and two of the course in relation to your allocated monograph.

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 27 hours of contact time and about 123 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, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: