ANTH401-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Research Methodology and Ethical Controversies in Anthropology

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to anthropological research and its various fieldwork methods, and to enable students to put these into practice. Each student, assisted by a supervisor, is required to select a research problem or topic, carry out required background reading, formulate appropriate research questions, choose or design methods appropriate to obtaining the data required to answer the questions, write a research proposal and an ethics proposal, carry out the research, present a progress report, and finally to analyse the material collected and write a final report detailing the research process and the results obtained, making reference to appropriate anthropological literature. This course is compulsory for students wanting to enrol in the Anthropology Honours programme. The course also provides preparation for entry into the M.A. (Anthropology) programme, for students wishing to progress to Masters by research thesis after completing the Honours degree.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the course will have learnt how to conduct an independent anthropological research project,  including: identification of an appropriate research topic, conduct of a literature survey, development of effective research methods, awareness of the nature of research ethics, collection of data and its analysis, oral presentation of research findings, and the writing of a research report. Students wishing to proceed to an MA in Anthropology will have learnt some of the initial basic requirements for successfully embarking on the MA by research thesis.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Course Coordinator

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences Head of Department

Each student will have an individual supervisor.


The project will normally involve library or archival research, and the written report shall consist of a maximum of 6,000 words. Each student will present three seminar papers in the course of the semester.

Textbooks / Resources

There is no required text.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,937.00

* 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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