ANTH 4002 - Honours Anthropology Ethnographic Fieldwork

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

The Ethnographic Fieldwork Course provides access to an advanced approach to common themes, concepts and methodologies in Anthropology, particularly those relating to ethnographic fieldwork. The course builds on knowledge gained at the undergraduate level about the principles and processes of ethnographic research. It aims to deepen student understandings of the practical, epistemological and ethical aspects of ethnography, and to prepare graduate students for fieldwork. The readings and seminars will provide a context for critical discussions about ethnography. A selection of topics has been chosen that cover major themes of ethnographic research and students are encouraged to research these themes further throughout the course. These themes may include but are not restricted to: the practice of ethnography; the changing nature and boundaries of the 'field' in anthropology; the ethics of fieldwork as well as that of the process of representing research communities in ethnographic texts; the relationships and experiences associated with the anthropological method and its implications for ethnographies. The course also have a dissertation seminar as an essential element, which is designed to support students through the stages of producing a dissertation. In particular, in the first semester, it aims to assist students to arrive and articulate a relevant topic; to turn this topic into an anthropological problem appropriate to the task of writing a thesis; to aid in the consideration of useful theoretical perspectives; to help identify and locate material and relevant literature.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANTH 4002
    Course Honours Anthropology Ethnographic Fieldwork
    Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) with a 24 unit major in Anthropology
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program
    Course Description The Ethnographic Fieldwork Course provides access to an advanced approach to common themes, concepts and methodologies in Anthropology, particularly those relating to ethnographic fieldwork. The course builds on knowledge gained at the undergraduate level about the principles and processes of ethnographic research. It aims to deepen student understandings of the practical, epistemological and ethical aspects of ethnography, and to prepare graduate students for fieldwork. The readings and seminars will provide a context for critical discussions about ethnography. A selection of topics has been chosen that cover major themes of ethnographic research and students are encouraged to research these themes further throughout the course. These themes may include but are not restricted to: the practice of ethnography; the changing nature and boundaries of the 'field' in anthropology; the ethics of fieldwork as well as that of the process of representing research communities in ethnographic texts; the relationships and experiences associated with the anthropological method and its implications for ethnographies.

    The course also have a dissertation seminar as an essential element, which is designed to support students through the stages of producing a dissertation. In particular, in the first semester, it aims to assist students to arrive and articulate a relevant topic; to turn this topic into an anthropological problem appropriate to the task of writing a thesis; to aid in the consideration of useful theoretical perspectives; to help identify and locate material and relevant literature.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Alison Dundon

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 To provide students with an in-depth understanding of the conceptual foundation of fieldwork as the basis of the
    anthropological method.
    2 To provide students with an understanding of the practical aspects of ethnographic fieldwork.
    3 To encourage students to critically reflect upon and discuss the role of the ‘field’ in the production of anthropological
    knowledge.
    4 To demonstrate some key issues raised by the use of ethnographic fieldwork; including ethics, subjectivity and reflexivity, and
    fieldwork relationships.
    5 To promote knowledge about and awareness of the ethical implications of ethnographic fieldwork, in their own research and
    others.
    6 To demonstrate a high level of critical analytical skills in the context of research methods and contexts.
    7 To discuss and critically reflect on key methods and techniques in the practice of ethnographic fieldwork.
    8 To provide a dissertation seminar designed to support students through the stages of producing a dissertation. In the first semester, it aims to assist students to arrive and articulate a relevant topic; to turn this topic into an anthropological problem appropriate to the task of writing a thesis; to aid in the consideration of useful theoretical perspectives; to help identify and locate material and relevant literature.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 6, 8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 5, 8
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7, 8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4, 5, 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4, 5, 6
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Honours seminars are based on a model of a reading seminar, which is based on mandated guided reading and subsequent
    dissemination and discussion of the issues raised in the literature on a weekly basis. This will be a venue also for the analysis of essay questions and further research in relation to the dissertation.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS
    2 x 2 hour seminar per week 48 hours per semester
    5 hours mandated reading per week 60 hours per semester
    5 hours further research per week 60 hours per semester
    10 hours writing work (drafting, editing, and
    re-writing) per week
    120 hours per semester
    Additional assessment finalisation and
    submission (conclusion of course)          
    24 hours per semester
    TOTAL 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary

    The scheduled learning activities covered in this course include:

    1.  Principal areas of subject knowledge such as the foundation of fieldwork as the primary methodology of Anthropology; the techniques associated with ethnographic fieldwork; the ethics and subjectivity of conducting long term fieldwork; and
    the role and implications of the use of this research method for the production of anthropological knowledge.

    2.  The development of skills associated with the techniques and technologies of the ethnographic method.

    3.  An understanding of the issues that can or may arise during the conduct of ethnographic fieldwork-based research,

    4.  And the skills associated with knowing how to address, deal professionally with or mediate during ethnographic research.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    6,000 word essay Formative and summative 100% 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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