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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Social Anthropology

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 supplements the work students will be doing in the core course Social Anthropology 2: Key Concepts. It will mainly focus on writing and presentation skills, with a view to helping students develop their work for key concepts, and providing transferable skills for the future. We will focus on developing ethnographic and conceptual arguments, as well as on fundamental writing and presentation skills. This will help students to develop their own critical arguments and to better understand and parse the theoretical and ethnographic arguments of others.
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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 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  80
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) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods

1. In 500 words or less, write an introduction to a piece of writing that makes an
argument. (The piece itself can be imaginary or to be written in the future its just an exercise in setting up an argument and explaining why your reader should care).
2. EITHER make a short presentation on a topic of your choice, with up to five slides
OR Write a 500 word description of an everyday object that allows us to see it in a
new light.

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 secretaryMiss Lauren Ayre
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