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Unit information: Anthropological Methods in 2021/22

Unit name Anthropological Methods
Unit code ARCH20048
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Carrier
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

NONE

Co-requisites

NONE

School/department Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit aims to acquaint students with a range of anthropological methodologies and techniques, especially those that underlie the specific topics of units encountered in their programme. Students will have an opportunity to experience first-hand how knowledge is produced and anthropological data is collected, through fieldwork, observation and measurement, interviews and questionnaires, and archival/library research. Data collection, synthesis, and analysis will all be covered, using a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Aims:

  • To explore the varieties of possible approaches to anthropological research.
  • To equip students with skills for the collection and analysis of a range of anthropological data.

  • To give students practical experience in conducting anthropological fieldwork.

  • To give students experience in preparing and managing a research project.
  • To give students experience in discussing, writing-up and presenting their results.


Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion students will be able to:

  • 1. identify and discuss the specific research methods associated with anthropology as a discipline.
  • 2. demonstrate knowledge of and report practical experience of methods such as interviewing, qualitative and quantitative data sets, thematic/discourse analysis, statistical analysis, and forms of presentation.
  • 3. recognise the appropriate anthropological methods used to answer different sorts of research questions.

  • 4. recognise and discuss the ways in which anthropology is inherently multi-disciplinary.

  • 5. describe and appraise the process of conducting research, including the ethical implications of being a researcher with human subjects.

  • 6. design a research question and plan a tractable project that answers the question.

  • 7. plan, conduct and write a small research project.

Teaching details

Weekly lectures, and practicals, supported by self-directed activities

Assessment Details

Methods portfolio (2,500w, 50% summative) assessing ILOs 1-7. Project proposal (2,500w, 50% summative), assessing ILOs 1-7.

Resources

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