Section Information for Spring 2014
This course is an introduction to ethnographic fieldwork methods and research design. Ethnography is the signature method used by anthropologists for researching issues in contemporary societies. It will be explored both as a fieldwork method and as a product of research. Through this course, you will become familiar with how to conduct ethnographic research and you will prepare for the research experience by discussing ethics, human subjects protection, the politics of representation and reflexivity, the importance of building rapport, and the use of technologies and visual analysis. We will read excerpts from the fieldwork accounts and from ethnographies of anthropologists across specialties, but you will also learn by doing in this course and will be conducting observations, interviews, and other types of data collection methods.
Reviews and examines major research methods commonly employed in cultural anthropological field study, with emphasis on ethnographic research design and the use of standard ethnographic techniques. Includes practice in designing ethnographic research project and using ethnographic methods and techniques in a field setting.