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

52%: Lecture
48%: Seminar

Assessment

20%: Coursework (Group presentation)
80%: Written assessment (Essay)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, 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.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: