Postgraduate Course: The Ethnography Seminar (PGSP11042)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Postgrad (School of Social and Political Studies)
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||Intended for MSc students in Social Anthropology, this course is meant to give them the opportunity to consider their forthcoming dissertations through a consideration of the questions raised by particular ethnographies, the methodologies on which they are based, and the analytic strategies employed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1)
||Learn enabled: Yes
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|This course aims for an understanding of ethnographic fieldwork as a process and its links to written ethnography as a product. By the end of the course, students will have read and discussed a range of ethnographic works focusing on different anthropological themes and geographic regions. They will have developed their ability to critically read ethnographies, and to draw connections between theory and ethnography in terms of methods and authorial strategies.
|This course will be assessed on the basis of one course essay (word limit 4000).|
||Course Outline: Indicative Topics
What is ethnography?
Ethnography as process
Ethnography as product
||Abu-Lughod, L. 1986. Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society.
Berkeley: University of California Press.
Biehl, J. 2005. Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Geertz, C.. 1973. Thick Description: Toward an Interpretative Theory of Culture. In Clifford Geertz The Interpretation of Cultures. New York: Basic Books.
Fabian, J. 1983. Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes Its Object. New York:
Columbia University Press.
Fardon, R. (ed.). 1990. Localizing strategies. Regional traditions of ethnographic writing. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press.
Hammersley, M. 1998. Reading Ethnographic Research: A Critical Guide. Second edition. London and New York: Longman.
Klima, A. 2002. The Funeral Casino: Meditation, Massacre, and Exchange with the Dead in Thailand. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press.
Malinowski, B. 1984 . Introduction: The Subject, Method and Scope of This Inquiry. In Bronislaw Malinowski. Argonauts of The Western Pacific. Prospect Heigths: Waveland Press, Inc.
Ohnuki-Tierney, E. 2002. Kamikaze, Cherry Blossoms, and Nationalisms. The Militarization of Aesthetics in Japanese History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Stocking, G. 1992. The Ethnographers Magic and Other Essays in the History of Anthropology. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
Wacquant, L. 2004. Body and Soul: Notebooks of An Apprentice-Boxer. New York:
Oxford University Press
||The course will be organized in the form of seminars (one weekly 2-hour session for ten weeks) on particular ethnographies and/or ethnographic themes. Students will be expected to prepare fully for the seminar by engaging with the readings.
|Course organiser||Dr John Harries
Tel: (0131 6)50 4051
|Course secretary||Ms Jessica Barton
Tel: (0131 6)51 1659
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