Postgraduate Course: Autoethnographic Research Methods in the Social Sciences (CNST11079)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This interdisciplinary course will provide a systematic and critical introduction to autoethnography. It will introduce students to the theoretical foundations for this type of work, the range of approaches available, and to specific issues that arise in autoethnography, including matters of ethics. Participants will critically engage with the ways in which autoethnographic texts both critique and illuminate the situated self, in socio-cultural contexts. Finally, threaded throughout the course will be opportunities to experiment with, discuss, and give and receive feedback on, autoethnographic writing.
The course provides opportunities to study and develop specialist expertise in an emerging methodological approach within qualitative inquiry. It is especially relevant for those planning to use qualitative methods for their dissertations or theses.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Students should have passed BCR1, Research Skills in the Social Science, or another introductory PG research course that provides an overview of debates about qualitative research approaches.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 45,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment will consist of a 4000-4500 word critical autoethnographic study that draws on and addresses the issues and debates raised during the course. The study will include a discussion of the limitations of this method, the possible practical and ethical issues that arise, and ways in which the student proposes to deal with these issues in her/his continuing research. The study may integrate these aspects into a single essay or be in two parts: a) the autoethnographic essay (2500-2750 words) and b) critical reflections (1500-1750 words).
Formative assessment will be offered through student and tutor feedback on writing shared during the course (see Approaches to Learning above).
Feedback on the course and on the learning experience will be sought through written mid-course and end of course evaluations, and through review discussions, during and following the course, with both students and, where relevant, guest tutors.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Utilise a range of approaches to autoethnography as a vehicle for researching personal and social life and to the theoretical understandings that underpin them.
- Display an increased capacity to analyze how different approaches to autoethnography relate to different ontological and epistemological positions.
- Engage with the debates surrounding the use of autoethnography in social science research, exploring the position of autoethnography as an interdisciplinary research genre and as a legitimate site for inquiry into the interplay between selves, identities and cultures.
- Develop a critically informed appreciation of creative and evocative research studies of 'lived experience'.
- Employ autoethnography in/as their own research.
|Holman Jones, S., Adams, T., & Ellis, C. (Eds.). (2013). Handbook of autoethnography. Walnut Creek: Left Coast.|
Adams, T. E. (2006). Seeking father: relationally reframing a troubled love story. Qualitative Inquiry, 12(4), 704-723.
Gannon, S. (2006). The (im)possibilities of writing the self-writing: French poststructural theory and autoethnography. Cultural Studie «=» Critical Methodologies, 6(4), 474-495.
Russell, L. (2004). A long way toward compassion. Text and Performance Quarterly, 24(3), 233-254.
Spry, T. (2010). Call it swing: A jazz blues autoethnography. Cultural Studies «=» Critical Methodologies, 10(4), 271-282.
Lee, K. V. (2005). Neuroticism: end of a doctoral dissertation. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(6), 933-938.
Spry, T. (2011). Performative autoethnography: Critical embodiments and possibilities. In N.K. Denzin & Y.S. Lincoln (Eds.). The Sage handbook of qualitative research, pp. 497-509. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Tamas, S. (2011). Autoethnography, ethics, and making your baby cry. Cultural Studies«=»Critical Methodologies, 11(3), 258-264.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues.
Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in a subject/discipline/sector.
Communicate with peers and specialists.
Take responsibility for own work.
Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities.
|Keywords||Autoethnographic Research Methods Social Science
|Course organiser||Dr Jonathan Wyatt
Tel: (0131 6)51 3974
|Course secretary||Ms Cecilia Malmberg
Tel: (0131 6)50 3890