Undergraduate Course: Ethnological Fieldwork Methods (SCET10032)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course focuses on the practice of undertaking ethnological fieldwork as well as on the issues and theories surrounding it. The work of Professor Carl Lindahl on the collection of hurricane narratives in the USA will form a case study. Students will undertake their own fieldwork as part of the course and will refect on the experience. Issues to be addressed include questionning techniques, recording techniques, archiving and ethics. Concepts such as reflexivity, reciprocity, fieldback and Intangible Cultural Heritage will be explored. Key texts will guide the learning and teaching.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students must have a background within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Oral presentation (20%)
Essay of approximately 3,000 words (40%)
Portfolio of annotated transcriptions (40%)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate increased knowledge of the place of fieldwork in understanding cultural dynamics and practices;
- demonstrate experience of fieldwork interviewing and of critically evaluating the results;
- demonstrate increased knowledge of some of the issues and theories surrounding fieldwork practice within ethnology and folklore;
- demonstrate competence in transferable skills, e.g. close engagement with texts, critical evaluation of source material, independent reading, coherent and clearly structured writing, oral presentation, group discussion and time management.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Fieldwork Ethnology Folklore Intangible Cultural Heritage
|Course organiser||Dr William Lamb
Tel: (0131 6)50 3624
|Course secretary||Ms Anne Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167