RESEARCH TOOLS AND METHODS IN SOCIO-CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY M-Z
Research Tools and Methods in Socio-cultural Anthropology M-Z
Anno accademico 2022/2023
- Codice attività didattica
- Rodolfo Maggio (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
- Insegnamento integrato
- DOING RESEARCH AND FIELDWORK IN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION (CPS0372)
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 into 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
- Participant Observation
- Field notes
- Research Design and Preparation
Modalità di insegnamento
The course will be held in person, if Covid-19 related sanitary conditions will make it possible. Every lesson will be also streamed via the Webex platform to allow the attendance of
students who will not be able to reach the Campus.
All relevant information on the course will be available on the Moodle page of the course, as well as a forum for questions and answers. During the course articles and other materials will
be regularly uploaded on Moodle.
This course is designed partially as a workshop, so once a week, usually on Wednesdays, 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 exercising in small-scale ethnographic research and in writing an ethnographic project.
Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento
Attending students are required to complete a group project during the semester, and a written exam during the Summer exam session (June-July, or September).
The written exam will be based on 4 chapters of the textbook by Hammersley, M. and Atkinson, P., Ethnography. Principles in Practice (2019, fourth edition; or 2007, third edition): chapter 3, 4, 5, 7). In addition, knowledge of the articles and chapters discussed in class and uploaded on Moodle will be tested.
The group project will be completed throughout the course Doing Research and Fieldwork in International Cooperation, and it will be run jointly with the module Qualitative Methods in Global South Studies. It consists of a research proposal written by groups of students that should reflect their ability to work as a team. Knowledge of theories and concepts discussed during the courses will be assessed, as well as the formal presentation of the project (e.g., Table of contents, Introduction, Background, Research objectives, Methodology, Outcomes, References). Although each student can contribute in a different way to the project, they will be evaluated as a group.
The written report will be also presented orally in plenary by each group.
Students will take a written examination based on the textbook by Hammersley, M. and Atkinson, P., Ethnography. Principles in Practice (2019, fourth edition; or 2007, third edition), and on three articles among those posted on Moodle. During the examination, students will be asked to answer three questions (10 points for each answer). In answering the questions, students should demonstrate a thorough and critical knowledge on the topic, of the themes and concepts explored in the textbook, as well as their ability to analyze, interpret and creatively discuss these concepts.
THE FINAL EVALUATION OF THE COURSE DOING RESEARCH AND FIELDWORK IN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION:
FOR NON ATTENDING STUDENTS: IT WILL CONSIST OF THE ARITHMETIC MEAN OF THE FINAL EVALUATION OF THE TWO MODULES QUALITATIVE METHODS IN GLOBAL SOUTH STUDIES AND RESEARCH TOOLS AND METHODS IN SOCIO-CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (WITH ROUNDING UP IF THE ARITHMETIC MEAN IS EQUAL TO .5).
FOR ATTENDING STUDENTS: IT WILL CONSIST OF THE ARITHMETIC MEAN OF THE FINAL EVALUATION OF THE TWO MODULES QUALITATIVE METHODS IN GLOBAL SOUTH STUDIES
AND RESEARCH TOOLS AND METHODS IN SOCIO-CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND OF THE EVALUATION OF GROUP WORK (COUNTING 1/3 EACH).
Testi consigliati e bibliografia
- Ethnography. Principles in Practice
- Anno pubblicazione:
- Hammersley, M. and Atkinson, P.
Other course materials (textbooks, chapters and articles) will be proposed during the first lesson, uploaded on Moodle and discussed throughout the course.
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