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Postgraduate Course: The Ethnography Seminar (PGSP11042)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  50
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%).
Feedback Students will receive written feedback with their marks for their short and long essay assessments.
No Exam Information
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
Aunger, Robert. ¿On Ethnography: Storytelling or Science?¿ Current Anthropology 36, no. 1 (1995): 97¿130
Becker, Heike &Emile Boonzaier & Joy Owen. 2005. Fieldwork in shared spaces: positionality, power and ethics of citizen anthropologists in southern Africa, Anthropology Southern Africa
Biehl, João. 2013/2005. Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Cooper, Jessica. 2018. Unruly Affects: Attempts at Control and All that Escapes from an American Mental Health Court. Cultural Anthropology 33(1): 85-108.
Crapanzano, Vincent. 1980. Tuhami: Portrait of a Moroccan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Fassin, Didier. 2013. Why Ethnography Matters: On Anthropology and Its Publics. Cultural Anthropology 28(4): 621-646.
Herzfeld, Michael. 1993. Introduction. The Social Production of Indifference: Exploring the Symbolic Roots of Western Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 1-16.
Jobson, Ryan. 2020. The Case for Letting Anthropology Burn: Sociocultural Anthropology in 2019. American Anthropologist 122(2): 259-271.
Lester, Rebecca. 2019. Famished: Eating Disorders and Failed Care in America. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Nyamnjoh, Francis. 2011. ¿Cameroonian Bushfalling: Negotiation of Identity and Belonging in Fiction and Ethnography.¿ American Ethnologist 38 (4): 701¿19
Pink, Sarah. 2015. 'Principles for sensory ethnography : Perception, place, knowing, memory and imagination' in Principles for sensory ethnography. SAGE Publications Ltd
Scott, James C. 1987. Weapons of the Weak. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Tengan, Ty P. Ka¯wika. 2005. Unsettling Ethnography: Tales of an ¿O¯ iwi in the Anthropological Slot. Anthropological Forum Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 247¿256
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Course organiserDr Jessica Cooper
Tel: (0131 6)51 1732
Course secretaryMr Adam Petras
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