Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Ethnographic Research Strategies

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Anthropological Sciences

DESCRIPTION Target Students:

Designed primarily for Honours students of Anthropology.


This study unit will explore various ethnographic research techniques, focusing specifically on participant-observation as a means of generating social knowledge.


Key anthropological texts will be discussed in order to identify the dilemmas faced by fieldworkers and the impact of their research methodologies on the ethnographies they produce. The course will be articulated around weekly two-hour sessions. The first hour will be dedicated to presentations of concise summaries related to the key texts, and the second hour to lecturing. Half of the final grade will derive from the concise summaries derived from weekly readings, and half will derive from a report on original ethnographic research conducted in the second half of the semester.

Reading List:

Agar, The Professional Stranger; Pelto and Pelto, Anthropological Research; Marcus and Clifford, Writing Culture.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is offered to B.A. (Hons) Anthropology students only.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 30%
Research Paper SEM2 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Ranier Fsadni
Paul Sant Cassia

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