Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT2002: Ethnography Now

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to help you develop skills, knowledge, and experiences that are crucial for anthropological scholarship, including:

  • an understanding of contemporary approaches to researching and writing ethnographies

  • skills in the critical reading and evaluation of ethnographic work produced by others

  • knowledge of, and hands-on practice with, fieldwork techniques and methods, including data gathering and fieldnote writing;

  • the ability to critically reflect on your own practices as producers of ethnographic research

  • writing ethnographic accounts of a culture that has been studied first-hand

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the distinctive benefits and drawbacks of ethnographic studies of social life
2. Make critical assessments of ethnographic texts.
3. Describe the ways that theoretical and methodological problems intersect within forms of ethnographic inquiry.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Understand how key concepts in sociology and anthropology can be illustrated and refined in relation to the analysis of detailed empirical data
5. Demonstrate an awareness of strategies for analytically linking micro- and macro- perspectives
6. Assess, challenge and develop theoretical ideas in relation to reflections on their own experiences and observations of social life.;
Personal and Key Skills7. Build and defend an argument based on evidence
8. Think about social and personal lives in new ways
9. Communicate effectively in written and verbal form.