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

Undergraduate Course: Imagining Anthropological Research (SCAN10037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits0 ECTS Credits0
SummaryThis course is only intended only for Honours students in Social Anthropology who are planning to work on a dissertation in the subject in the summer of 2014. The main purpose of the course is to prepare you to write your dissertation proposal. Our chief task, therefore, is to help you imagine what will be involved in your field or library project. To do so we shall be looking at the process of research, from the design stage through to the methodologies and to the writing strategies, always within the context of what is possible in an undergraduate dissertation. We shall also have presentations and discussions on particular people┐s experience of doing research, using examples from the work of Senior Honours students, previous undergraduates and current postgraduates, as well as members of staff. In the second half of the semester you will be allocated to a group which will work together on developing your research ideas and proposals. By the end of the Semester, students will have developed their ideas into a detailed Research Proposal, setting out a timetable, budget, and a consideration of the practical arrangements and methods. The proposal, which will account for 10% of your final dissertation mark, will include a discussion of relevant theoretical and ethnographic literature. The submission of an online ethics form is also a mandatory component of this course for all those intending to undertake field research.
Course description The main purpose of the course is to prepare you to write your dissertation proposal. Our chief task, therefore, is to help you imagine what will be involved in your field or library project. To do so we shall be looking at the process of research, from the design stage through to the methodologies and to the writing strategies, always within the context of what is possible in an undergraduate dissertation. We shall also have presentations and discussions on particular people┐s experience of doing research, using examples from the work of Senior Honours students, previous undergraduates and current postgraduates, as well as members of staff. In the second half of the semester you will be allocated to a group which will work together on developing your research ideas and proposals. By the end of the Semester, students will have developed their ideas into a detailed Research Proposal, setting out a timetable, budget, and a consideration of the practical arrangements and methods. The proposal, which will account for 10% of your final dissertation mark, will include a discussion of relevant theoretical and ethnographic literature. The submission of an online ethics form is also a mandatory component of this course for all those intending to undertake field research.
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:  84
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 0 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course is not for credit, however the submission of a 3500 word research proposal in mandatory for the successful completion of this course, which is required to be allowed to undertake research towards their honours dissertation in Social Anthropology. The research proposal is submitted near the beginning of the second semester in the Junior Honours year.

The Research Proposal that is handed in as a result of this course in the second semester of the Junior Honours year, will contribute 10% to the Dissertation mark when it is finally assessed in the first semester of the Senior Honours year.
Feedback There will be continuous feedback give to dissertation ideas as they develop in lectures and tutorials. Written feedback will be provided on the final dissertation proposals that are submitted at the beginning of semester two.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop their ideas about the kinds of topic which might make a feasible subject for their dissertation.
  2. Consider the ethical and methodological issues involved in conducting anthropological research.
  3. Gain familiarity with using different library resources, including databases on the internet, to develop research ideas.
  4. Consolidate a more general familiarity with the practicalities of designing and planning a social research project.
  5. Develop their ability to formulate and present project plans in clear and convincing manner.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Course URL http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/undergrad/subject_and_programme_specific_information/social_anthropology/honours
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 5 week(s).
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr John Harries
Tel: (0131 6)50 4051
Email: j.harries@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Ayre
Tel: (0131 6)50 4001
Email: layre@exseed.ed.ac.uk
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