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. It is primarily aimed at students studying the discipline of ethnology. Students will undertake their own fieldwork as part of the course and will reflect on the experience. Please note that in 20/21 face to face fieldwork opportunities may be limited and subject to risk assessment. Issues to be addressed include questioning 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 2020/21, 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)
||Formative Automated tests - pass mark (»40% correct) (5%); Reading journal (10%); Participation: discussions and conference peer-assessment (10%) Summative One presentation
for the Oral History Course Conference (15%) One essay of approximately 3,000 words (30%) A portfolio of annotated transcriptions (30%)
|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 Neill Martin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1981
|Course secretary||Mrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528