-Students can give exemplary examples of classic and multi-sited ethnographic research, in the context of ethical and epistemological considerations.
-Students can write an anthropological research proposal.
-Students have a critical attitude towards the ethnographic research conducted by anthropologists in the past.
This course on master level is intended for students in social and cultural anthropology; students are familiar with the elementary principles of research in the social/ human sciences.
Articles and literature
Slides, transparencies, courseware
Order of Enrolment
This course unit is a prerequisite for taking the following course units:
S0D53B : Ethnographic Fieldwork: Analysis and Communication
Is also included in other courses
Some topics that are discussed in the course:
2. Research identity;
3. Multi-sited research
4. Sensorial research
Description of learning activities
-Students follow the lectures and actively participate in discussions, question rounds and debates during classes
-Students prepare assignments: the critical reading of texts in preparation of lectures, distilling arguments from the texts to use during discussions in class.
-Students critically reflect on a cutting-edge issue in the field where anthropology, ecology and development overlap.
-Students practice writing skills in an original research proposal and a reflexive paper in which they apply issues in ethnographic research to their own settings.
Ethnographic Fieldwork: An Anthropological Reader, edited by A. Robben and J. Sluka (2007), and material distributed through the TOLEDO website.
This course leads directly to the follow-up course: 'Ethnographic Fieldwork: Analysis and Communication'
1) The research proposal and the reflexive paper are weighted equally in the final exam. Both the oral presentation and the written work are taken into consideration. In the written work, the argument, composition of the text, and the literature review and bibliography are considered.
2) During the exam students are first asked to present their research proposal, thereby clarifying the research question and used methods, and thereby elaborating on the logic argument that sustains the research. In the second part of the oral exam, students are requested to prioritize two authors and clarify why these authors are particularly important to the proposed research project. Additional questions for clarification and nuancing can be added.