Faculty of Arts


Ethnographic Research


This course provides an introduction to ethnographic research. The course will involve both thinking intellectually about ethnographic research and practicing ethnographic research methods. We will examine the relationships among epistemology, methodology and methods. We will also explore reflexivity, the significance of the person of the ethnographer, ethical aspects of ethnographic research and the transition from fieldwork to field notes to publication.

During the semester, students will learn about, and practice, research methods such as interviews, observation, participant observation, archival research and visual methods.

Course and learning objectives:

  • To understand the significance of ethnographic field research and the person of the ethnographer in the creation of anthropological knowledge
  • To understand the ethical issues in doing ethnographic research
  • To understand why reflexivity matters in ethnographic research
  • To understand the relationships among epistemology, methodology and research methods
  • To become familiar, under close supervision, with a range of ethnographic field methods and techniques, applicable in diverse research situations
  • To be able to argue for your disciplinary perspective on research

Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022


Coordinator(s) Dr Mark Busse


ANTHRO 753: 15.0 points

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