Postgraduate Course: The Ethnography Seminar (PGSP11042)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Intended 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 Outline: Indicative Topics
What is ethnography?
Ethnography as process
Ethnography as product
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment is 100% by coursework. There are THREE 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 (60%) and (3) a weekly discussion board post (10%) of around 500 words discussing the weekly readings.
||Students will receive written feedback with their marks for their short and long essay assessments. Weekly discussion board posts will be marked pass/fail and will inform seminar discussion.
|No Exam Information
| 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.
|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 . 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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Jessica Cooper
Tel: (0131 6)51 1732
|Course secretary||Ms Julia Jaworska
Tel: (0131 6)51 1659