Faculty of Arts


Exploring Ethnography


An exploration of ethnographic approaches to human cultures, including key elements of ethnographic fieldwork and analytical approaches. We use ethnography to understand contexts and processes, such as world-views, political or economic forces, historical change, gender structures and ethnicity that shape social and cultural lives.

In any given year, a particular ethnographic region (e.g., Europe, Melanesia, Polynesia, South-East Asia, New Zealand) or theme (e.g., art, economics, racism, technology, violence) may be covered. The focus for 2019 will be Anthropology and Sport.

Learning Aims/Place of Course in Programme:

Ethnography is the pre-eminent form of research and publication in social and cultural anthropology. The intent of the course is to ensure that students in social anthropology are well versed in the topic. By the end of the course, you should

  1. Understand the significance of ethnographic research methods
  2. Understand relationships between theoretical and research issues
  3. Understand relationships between cultural particularity and common human issues
  4. Be able to identify appropriate resources, undertake research, analyse approaches and write appropriately
  5. Understand how similar ethnographic issues play out cross-culturally 
  6. Appreciate the productive tension between human sameness and difference as revealed in ethnographic approaches to sport cross-culturally


To be confirmed

Availability 2019

Semester 1




ANTHRO 368: 15.0 points


ANTHRO 203 or 30 points at Stage II in Anthropology



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