RESEARCH TOOLS AND METHODS IN SOCIO-CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY A-L
Research Tools and Methods in Socio-cultural Anthropology A-L
Anno accademico 2020/2021
- Codice attività didattica
- Docente Da Nominare (Titolare dell'insegnamento)
- Corso di studio
- Master's Degree Course in Area and global studies for international cooperation
- 1° anno
- Secondo semestre
- SSD attività didattica
- M-DEA/01 - discipline demoetnoantropologiche
- Tipologia esame
- Tipologia unità didattica
- Corso integrato
- DOING RESEARCH AND FIELDWORK IN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION (CPS0372)
Sommario del corso
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This course aims to stimulate the critically reflexive practice of ethnography; to this aim, it will operate on two interrelated dimensions: one focused on the theoretical approaches to ethnographic research, the other on training students in the application of specific research techniques. The twofold aim of this course is to provide students with deeper insight of the process by which anthropological knowledge is produced, and to develop their skills with regard to the collection and analysis of ethnographic data.
Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi
By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:
1) identify and discuss research problems
2) select and apply appropriate research methods for ethnographic research
3) develop research strategies and write a research proposal
4) examine the ethical responsibilities of conducting ethnographic research
5) think critically about fieldwork, analysis and writing
- Anthropology and Ethnography
- Introduction to Fieldwork
- The Ethnographic Encounter
- Research Design and Preparing for Fieldwork
- Participant Observation
- Sampling and Interviewing
- From Fieldwork to Ethnography
- Fieldwork and Ethics
Modalità di insegnamento
This course is designed partially as a workshop, so once a week, usually on Wednesday, students will be expected to do a close reading of assigned texts and to lead the discussion about them. The course has a practical nature; as such, students will work in small groups and individually to apply what they learn during the course in conducting a small-scale ethnographic research of their own choosing.
Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento
Knowledge of theories and concepts discussed during the course will be assessed through a written exam.
The final test will consist, both for attending and non-attending students, in a written examination based on the textbook Hammersley, M. and Atkinson, P., 2007, Ethnography. Principles in Practice (or another similar textbook, to be agreed with the teacher), and on two articles among those discussed in class.
For attending students, slides of the lessons and supplementary materials provided in class, will replace some parts of the textbook.
For attending students understanding of methodological theory and practice, and ability to manage an ethnographic research will be assessed both through ethnographic exercises (participant observation and interview) and through a group project.
The group project will consist of writing a research project in the global South. The group project will be run jointly with the module Qualitative Methods in Global South Studies (and also coordinated with the course International Cooperation for Development: Practices and Project Design). A self-evaluation of the group processes, will also be assessed.
Testi consigliati e bibliografia
- Hammersley, M. and Atkinson, P., 2007, Ethnography. Principles in Practice, London-New York, Routledge
Other textbooks and articles will be proposed during the first lesson and discussed throughout the course.
Please enrol to the course on Moodle. All the information, announcements and materials will be posted on the Moodle platform.