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Postgraduate Course: The Ethnography Seminar (PGSP11042)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgrad (School of Social and Political Studies) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionIntended 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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 Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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.
Assessment Information
This course will be assessed on the basis of one course essay (word limit 4000).
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Course Outline: Indicative Topics
What is ethnography?
Ethnography as process
Ethnography as product
Engaging Others
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list 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 [1922]. 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
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern 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.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr John Harries
Tel: (0131 6)50 4051
Course secretaryMs Jessica Barton
Tel: (0131 6)51 1659
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