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Spring 2013-2014
* ANT 301A (SA)   na, npdf

The Ethnographer's Craft

Carolyn M. Rouse

What are social and cultural facts? And how do we identify these facts using anthropological research methods? This field methods course is for students interested in learning how to work with complex and often contradictory qualitative data. Students will examine how biases and beliefs affect the questions we ask, the data we collect, and our interpretations. Key topics include objectivism, interpretation, reflexivity, participant-observation, translation, and comparison. In addition to reading ethnographies, this class will use ethnographic films as a lens through which to explore the extraordinary power and limits of qualitative research.

Sample reading list:
Faye Ginsburg, Contested Lives
Philippe Bourgois, In Search of Respect
Dennis O'Rourke, The Good Woman of Bangkok
Clifford Geertz, Anti-Anti Relativism
Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100 pp. reading per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 15%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
ANT 301A and ANT 301B will meet together. ANT 301A/B is open to all students who would like to have the opportunity to prepare for cross-cultural engagements or ethnographic human subjects research. ANT 301B is reserved for Anthropology majors; all other students should enroll in ANT 301A..

Equivalent Courses:
ANT 301A, ANT 301, ANT 301B are considered equivalent courses and cannot be taken multiple times for credit.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43359 L01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   Chancellor Green   105   Enrolled:9 Limit:12