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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.
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.
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, orany 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Paul Atkinson and Martyn Hammersley;
Ethnography: Principles in Practice
New York: Routledge, 2019 ((available as an electronic book at UC library)).
Russel H Bernard;
Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018 ((This is now an electronic book available at UC library. You can search for it at UC Library Catalogue)).
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