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Postgraduate Course: The Ethnography Seminar (PGSP11042)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIntended 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.
Course description Course Outline: Indicative Topics
What is ethnography?
Ethnography as process
Ethnography as product
Engaging Others
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment is 100% by coursework. There are TWO assessed components: (1) a short essay on a specific ethnography (30%) and (2) a longer essay on how ethnographies are informing students' own dissertation research (70%).
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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.
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
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Course organiserDr Delwar Hussain
Course secretaryMr Jack Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 1485
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