ANTH 4009 - Research Methods in Anthropology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code ANTH 4009 Course Research Methods in Anthropology 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 will provide students with a strong foundation in the conceptualisation and operationalisation of research, how to design a research project and 'hands-on' skills in the utilisation of different research methods. Students will be exposed to a wide range of research methods and will learn key principles of research design and implementation. Some topics that will be covered in detail include sampling, surveying, interviewing, case study analysis, focus groups, interviewing and analysing and presenting data. Intellectual and methodological debates will be discussed in order to assist students to develop informed opinions and a critical appreciation for other's research. The imperative for ethical research practice will be presented. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and ability to undertake methodologically sound, original research projects (their Honours thesis project) and will develop a set of transferable workplace skills.
Course Coordinator: Dr Alison Dundon
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Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Identify the main research designs, theories, methods and forms of analysis used in the social sciences.
2. Demonstrate an ability to identify, analyse and synthesise literature related to a research question.
3. Critically analyse and demonstrate an ability to formulate viable research questions.
4. Demonstrate an understanding and ability to undertake the range of tasks necessary to completing a research project.
5. Identify and engage with the range of ethical issues involved in the conduct of a research project.
6. Show an understanding of cross-cultural contexts and the nuances/implications of cross-cultural research.
7. Work within a team and use interpersonal skills to completed tasks.
8. Demonstrate skills in using online data bases and software.
9. Demonstrate high level written and verbal communication skills.
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, 4, 8 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, 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
7, 9 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, 9 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
5, 6 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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
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The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.WORKLOAD – STRUCTURED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
12 x 3-hour seminar 36
TOTAL = 36
WORKLOAD – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
12 hours reading per week 144
6 hours research per week 72
5 hours assignment preparation per week 60
TOTAL = 312
Learning Activities SummaryWEEK LECTURE TOPIC
Week 1 Course Overview: What is research?
Week 2 Literature Reviews
Week 3 Library Session: Database searches, Endnote, Secondary Data Sets and Repositories
Week 4 Research Design
Week 5 Theoretically informed research
Week 6 Research Ethics and Engaging Cultures
Week 7 Qualitative Methods: Engaging the research subject
Week 8 Analysing interviews and observations from different theoretical positions
Week 9 Qualitative Methods: Documents/Texts
Week 10 Quantitative Methods: Creating and administering surveys
Week 11 Analysing survey data
Week 12 Communicating Research
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Assessment SummaryASSESSMENT TASK
Literature review Summative 30%
Pre-seminar quizzes (20%) and seminar participation (10%) Formative and Summative 30%
Theoretical essay Summative 40%
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
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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