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Undergraduate Course: Fundamentals: Ethnographic Theory (SCAN08008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits0 ECTS Credits0
SummaryThis course introduces students to anthropological practice outside academia, helps students understand potential career routes after anthropology honours, and the ways in which anthropological knowledge and skills relates to careers outside academia. The course includes a variety of presentations from alumnai and applied anthropologists. The course will introduce students to issues around ¿applied' and 'public anthropology'. Broadly speaking, applied anthropology takes anthropological skills and insights, and puts them to work in other fields of work. Public anthropology is often seen as using anthropological insights to make contributions to wider public debates.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 0 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 5 )
Assessment (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment 1: Contribute a keyword of your choice and accompanying essay of between 300-500 words to the LEARN online forum. Deadline: End of Week 3

Assessment 2: Write an online journal entry of 200-300 words to share with your students that reflects on: (i) What is unique about the way in which anthropologists produce knowledge? AND/OR (ii) Who or what is anthropological knowledge for? AND/OR How could anthropologists improve the way they present their findings?

Assessment 3: In allocated groups develop a presentation and associated podcast on a single monograph for ¿desert island monographs¿. Presentations to be given in session 5.

Awards are made on a Pass/Fail basis. You MUST pass the course to proceed to the next year of study.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will have a clear understanding of the relationship between ethnography and theory in anthropology and the ways in which anthropologists structure this relationship in their texts.
  2. Students will be able to research and develop definitions for key anthropological terms
  3. Students will be able to develop positive as well as negative critiques of anthropological texts
  4. Students will have a clear grasp of the wide variety of methods, including quantitative methods and photography, which anthropologists use to support ethnographic arguments.
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Course organiserDr Maya Mayblin
Course secretaryMrs Vanessa Feldberg
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