ANTH 4008 - Honours Theory, Ethnography & Fieldwork
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code ANTH 4008 Course Honours Theory, Ethnography & Fieldwork Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Completed Bachelor Degree with a Major in Anthropology at a Distinction average Restrictions Students enrolled in ANTH Honours program Course Description This course provides an advanced introduction to anthropological theory and ethnographic fieldwork. It introduces students to some of the foundational theoretical perspectives that have shaped anthropology since the advent of the modern discipline and explores the relevance of these ideas for anthropological theory and practice in the present. The course explores a variety of key theoretical approaches, including but not restricted to, social structure and agency; symbolic and interpretive; theories of culture; and globalisation, posthumanism and virtual worlds. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the empirical nature of anthropological theory and its essential relationship with both ethnographic praxis, processes and texts, offering access to an advanced approach to common themes, concepts and methodologies in anthropology, particularly those relating to ethnographic fieldwork. 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 provide a context for critical discussions about ethnography. A selection of topics has been chosen that cover major themes of ethnographic research and include 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 has a dissertation seminar, which is designed to support students through the stages of producing a dissertation. It aims to assist students to 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 Coordinator: Dr Dianne Rodger
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Have a clear understanding of the major theoretical developments and paradigms that have shaped the modern discipline of Anthropology and of the conceptual foundation of fieldwork as the basis of the anthropological method
2. Critically engage with and reflect on what ‘theory’ is and does in Anthropology and to promote knowledge of, and discussion about, the relationship between Anthropology and cognate disciplines
3.Have developed an understanding of the practical aspects of ethnographic fieldwork and encourage students to critically reflect upon and discuss the role of the ‘field’ in the production of anthropological knowledge
4.Discuss and critically reflect on key methods and techniques in the practice of ethnographic fieldwork and demonstrate a high level of critical analytical skills in the context of research methods and contexts
5. Articulate key issues raised by the use of ethnographic fieldwork; including ethics, subjectivity and reflexivity, and fieldwork relationships and promote knowledge about and awareness of the ethical implications of ethnographic fieldwork
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, 3 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
2, 3, 4 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
3, 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
1, 3. 5 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
4, 5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
3, 4, 5
Required ResourcesReadings are available online at the course MyUni site as listed in the Course Outline. There is also a detailed set of instructions and requirements for each assessment item and associated criteria marking sheet, including essay questions.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is based on two hour seminars in which we discuss, debate and challenge key theoretical, concepetual and methodological readings.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.WORKLOAD – STRUCTURED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
1 x 2 hour seminar 24 hours
1 x 1 hour seminar thesis writing 12 hours
TOTAL = 36 hours
WORKLOAD – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
13 hours reading per week 156 hours
6 hours research per week 72 hours
4 hours assignment preparation per week 48 hours
TOTAL = 312 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
WEEKly SEMINAR TOPIC
1 Introduction and Course Structure
2 Theoretical Histories and Foundations
3 Structuralism (Levi-Strauss, Leach & Douglas)
4 Symbolic and Interpretive Anthropology (Geertz & Turner)
5 Theories of Culture
6 Scapes, Posts and the ‘Digital’: New(er) Theoretical Developments in Anthropology
7 Research Proposal Presentations.
8 Anthropology and Ethnography
9 Examining the Notion of ‘The Field’
10 A Field of Relationships and Experiences
11 Reflexivity and Representation
12 Does Ethnography = Anthropology?
Specific Course RequirementsIt is mandatory that all students enrolled in this course attend all of the seminars
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Assessment SummaryAssessment Description
1. Research Proposal - Students are required to write a 2000 word proposal for their research project based on the thesis topic (30%)
2. Research Essay - Students are required to write a 6000 word essay based on anthropological theories and methodologies (70%)
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SubmissionPlease see the Course Coordinator as early as possible if you think that you may not be able to complete your assignments by the due date. There will be no extensions for written work without adequate documentation (such as a doctor’s or counselling certificate) as set out in the MACA form & process (Modified Arrangements for coursework assessment) or negotiation with the Course Coordinator. Late assignments will be penalised at 2% per day. According to Faculty policy, essays more than 7 days late will be graded as 0%. Failure to submit any written work will result in an FNS grade (Failure No Submission). Please see link for further information http://arts.adelaide.edu.au/docs/Current-students-MACA-quick-reference-guide.pdf
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M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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