Faculty of Arts


Practising Ethnographic Research Methods

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for ANTHRO 753.


This course is organised around a real-life class research-learning project on the topic of first year students’ experience of university. You will explore how first year anthropology students found their way to anthropology and try to understand their "life world" at university.

To do this you will learn to use a range of different approaches: interviews, participant observation, group discussion, walkabout (multisensory) and visual approaches and how to apply relevant analyses. You will be encouraged to use a reflexive approach. Finally you will get the opportunity to "write up" a short ethnographic essay on an aspect of your research, practice writing a research proposal on your (completed) project and reflect on what you have learned.

Course and learning objectives:

  • To study the place of field, library and archive research in social anthropology
  • To become familiar with a range of ethnographic field methods and techniques, applicable in diverse research situations
  • To gain closely supervised research practice including research design, proposal writing and ethnographic writing, while working on a research learning project
  • To develop an understanding of the theoretical, epistemological and ethical implications of various approaches to research
  • To be able to argue for your disciplinary perspective on research

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Phyllis Herda


ANTHRO 753: 15.0 points


ANTHRO 711, 734

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