ANTH301-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Doing Ethnography: Concepts and Practices

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


Ethnography is a research procedure central to the discipline of anthropology. It has also become an essential research method for many other fields in social sciences and humanities. This course aims at helping students understand the basic principles and praxis of ethnography. For this purpose, this course is designed as a combination of both theory and practice. Through lectures and assigned readings, this course addresses theoretical reflections by scholars on the epistemological, political and ethical implications of ethnography. This course also has a mock ethnographic project in which students work through major steps of doing ethnography.

Learning Outcomes

After finishing this course, students are expected to:
a. Understand the basic principles and praxis of ethnography.
b. Have a knowledge of the major issues concerning ethnography proposed by contemporary anthropologists and scholars in other disciplines.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.


Any 30 points at 200 level from ANTH or SOCI, or
any 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 A9 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 Jane Soons 608
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Gretchen Perry


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Weekly summaries of readings 15%
Thinking about your project 30%
Doing your project 50%
Participation and attendance 5%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Paul Atkinson and Martyn Hammersley; Ethnography: Principles in Practice ; 4 rd; New York: Routledge, 2019 ((available as an electronic book at UC library)).

Russel H Bernard; Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods ; 6th; Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018 ((This is now an electronic book available at UC library. You can search for it at UC Library Catalogue)).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,687.00

International fee $7,900.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

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