Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2062: How Organisations Work: Ethnography in Institutions

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Geoffrey Hughes (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


From corporations and churches to schools, labour unions, voluntary associations, charities, government agencies, and NGOs, formal institutions increasingly define contemporary life. This module will provide you with practical tools for studying institutions using ethnographic methods. Hallmarks of ethnography include a commitment to understanding and sympathizing with local perspectives, self-reflexivity, a deep concern with the resulting ethical issues involved in collecting data from other human beings, and the attempt to link specific practices to broader social and cultural patterns. Through individually designed, hands-on projects, students will learn the basics of ethnographic methods and use them to study a local institution of their choosing.

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