ANTH 3027 - Ethnography: Engaged Social Research
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code ANTH 3027 Course Ethnography: Engaged Social Research Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact UP to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Prerequisites At least 6 units of level 2 undergraduate study Incompatible ANTH 2040 Course Description Ethnography is engaged social research. Ethnographers explore social life as social beings engaged in social contexts. Ethnographic research has broad possibilities: it can be curiosity driven or applied to practical concerns. Ethnographic research can take you around the world, around the corner, or online. It can be focused in a single site, be multi-sited, local or global. Ethnographers document and analyse the social life we engage with visually, audibly, literally and virtually. Ethnographers employ an ensemble of analytically-informed research techniques including participant-observation, interviews, surveys, photography, social mapping, genealogy, and archival and documentary research. We collect and analyse local ephemera like brochures, invitations, posters, gig guides, and web pages. In this campus-based practicum you will be immersed in ethnographic research and its possibilities. Lectures frame the course. Workshops introduce ethnographic skills, analysis and theory. In assignments you will develop this knowledge in a process which culminates in deep engagement with an existing body of ethnography or in designing and planning your own ethnographic research project. This course is for people who are curious and seek new insight into contemporary conundrums. For those aiming for a career in social science, anthropology or qualitative research this course is a foundation for professional practice.
Course Coordinator: Dr Dianne Rodger
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of anthropology and ethnography at advanced levels that are internationally recognised.
2. The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise anthropological and ethnographic information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner.
3. An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problem identified in anthropological fieldwork and ethnographic writings
4. Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication.
5. A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies and ethnographic methodologies
6. A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual and ethnographic curiosity throughout life.
7. A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community.
8. An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3, 5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
7, 8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
Required ResourcesYou are required to prepare for each workshop by doing the essential readings.
You can access electronic copies of the readings using links provided on My Uni.
For those who prefer hard copies, a course reader can be purchased from
the Image and Copy Centre.
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(https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/web/unified/home), click on the link to the
‘Online Shop’ and select the reader for this course.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course consists of one hour lectures and two-hour workshops, which are held on a weekly basis. Attendance at, and participation in, these learning and teaching modes is essential to completion of the course
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Learning Activities SummaryLecture Plan:
Week 1: First encounters with ethnography
Week 2: Island ethnography
Week 3: Authentic anthropologist
Week 4: Being in the field of power
Week 5: Matters of the past
Week 6: Fields without borders
Week 7: Hip Hop – You don’t stop: Designing a research proposal
Week 8: Analysing Mardi Gras
Week 9: Gaps and methods
Week 10: Sing out loud: Researching the Eurovision Song Contest
Week 11: (Net)hnography
Specific Course RequirementsThe course comprises three mutually dependent learning contexts: Lectures, workshops and assignments. All are essential for
your learning and development in this course. Lectures and workshop topics are interrelated but often have quite different objectives. In order to complete your assignments successfully, you will need to actively participate in lectures and workshops.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSGDE is embedded in this course as its focus is discovery of knowledge through ethnographic research methods and workshops utilise a variety of activities to makes these discoveries.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
There are 4 components of assessment in this course:
1. Workshop Attendance and Participation, course learning outcomes 4-8
2. Research Portfolio, course learning outcomes 1-6
3. Workshop Presentation, course learning outcomes 5-8
4. Research Proposal, course learning outcomes 1-6
Assessment Related Requirements
You are required to attend all workshops in this
course. Missing more than 2 workshops without legitimate explanation will
result in failure of this component. Participation means being actively
involved in discussions and demonstrating knowledge of the readings. Keep in
mind that asking questions about confusing concepts in readings or critiquing the
writer’s argument are both excellent ways of getting involved. In particular,
students are encouraged to ask questions after presentations when they are not
1. Workshop attendance and participation 10%
2. Participant Observation and Mapping 30%
3. Workshop presentation/pitch 10%
4. Research Proposal 50%
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to a tutor are not considered as submitted.
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
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