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Doing Ethnography - ANTH324

This unit provides an introduction to fieldwork in cultural anthropology. As the primary goal of the unit is to teach students how to do ethnographic fieldwork, over the semester students engage in first-hand research where they regularly participate in and observe a cultural scene of their own choosing. Weekly meetings frame the fieldwork process as students learn anthropological methodology under the guidance of an experienced staff member, and then apply this knowledge to their ethnographic study. These meetings also provide the opportunity for students to share their fieldwork experiences with each other, and discuss the methodological issues and concerns raised by their own studies. Simultaneously students will read several classic ethnographies to develop an understanding of the relationship between ethnographic research and ethnographic writing. The program culminates in a report (or mini ethnography) due at the close of the semester.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Dr Deborah Van Heekeren

(39cp including (9cp from ANTH units including 3cp from ANTH units at 300 level)) or admission to GDipArts Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): ANTH385
Unit Designation(s):


Social Science

Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Anthropology

Faculty of Arts

Timetable Information

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