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RESEARCH TOOLS AND METHODS IN SOCIO-CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY M-Z

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Research Tools and Methods in Socio-cultural Anthropology M-Z

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Anno accademico 2020/2021

Codice attività didattica
CPS0372B
Docente
Alessandro Gusman (Titolare dell'insegnamento)
Corso di studio
Master's Degree Course in Area and global studies for international cooperation
Anno
1° anno
Periodo
Secondo semestre
Tipologia
Caratterizzante
Crediti/Valenza
6
SSD attività didattica
M-DEA/01 - discipline demoetnoantropologiche
Erogazione
Mista
Lingua
Inglese
Frequenza
Facoltativa
Tipologia esame
Scritto
Tipologia unità didattica
modulo
Corso integrato
DOING RESEARCH AND FIELDWORK IN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION (CPS0372)
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Obiettivi formativi

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.

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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

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Programma

- 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

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Modalità di insegnamento

The course consists of lectures (in presence, if possible; or online via webex if Covid-19 restrictions will make it necessary), students' presentations, and practical exercises in some of the ethographic tecniques (participant observation, ethnographic interview).

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 to apply what they learn during the course in writing a joint research project with the module "Qualitative Methods in Global South Studies".

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Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS

The final examination will consist in an oral examination (via webex if Covid-19 restrictions will make it necessary) based on the textbook Hammersley, M. and Atkinson, P., Ethnography. Principles in Practice 2019 (fourth edition; or 2007, third edition), and on two articles among those posted in the course materials. During the oral examination students will be asked to answer to three questions (10 points for each answer). In answering to the three questions, the student must demonstrate a thorough and critical knowledge on the topic. The questions will be aimed at verifying the comprehension of the themes and concepts explored in the textbook and to assess and promote students' capacity to analyze, interpret and creatively discuss concepts.

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Attending students will use the same textbook as NON-attending students: Hammersley, M. and Atkinson, P., Ethnography. Principles in Practice 2019 (fourth edition; or 2007, third edition).

Nevertheless, their knowledge will be evaluated through ongoing exercises and activities: they will be evaluated through: - short exercises and activities carried out during the course which will receive an individual evaluation. - a group work (which will take place even in case of distance learning as already experienced last year) common to the module Qualitative Methods in Global South Studies. Each group will produce a written report. The written report will receive an assessment (a group evaluation, not an individual one) which will average with the evaluation of the above-mentioned exercises and activities undertaken during the course which will be also evaluated.

Attending students who will not accept the final grade (group work and exercises during the course) can undertake an oral examination based on the textbook.

The group project will consist of a writing a research project in the global South and will take place also in case of Covid-19 restrictions (via skype/webex as already experienced during last year Covid-19 lockdown). The research project will receive a group evaluation. Students will have to work together, the individual contribution will not be extrapolated. The evaluation of the group research project will average with the evaluation of the above-mentioned exercises and activities (with rounding up if the arithmetic mean is equal to .5). A self-evaluation of the group processes, will also be assessed.

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).

THE FINAL EVALUATION OF THE COURSE DOING RESEARCH AND FIELDWORK IN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION WILL CONSIST - BOTH FOR ATTENDING AND NON ATTENDING STUDENTS - IN 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)

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Testi consigliati e bibliografia

Reading:

- Hammersley, M. and Atkinson, P., 2019, Ethnography. Principles in Practice, London-New York, Routledge (or 3rd edition, 2007)

Other texts and articles on core aspects of the ethnographic methodology will be proposed and discussed throughout the course.

 

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