Course code:



I - Introductory

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

Typically offered:


Ethnographic research is based primarily on anthropology’s signature research method known as “participant-observation fieldwork.” This course introduces students to the main techniques, questions, insights and debates that this research method has historically involved in the formation of the discipline of anthropology, and the contemporary relevance of these questions and debates for a range of ethnographic and interdisciplinary projects. Over the term, students will view ethnographic films and read classic and contemporary ethnographic texts, as well as social and political theory that has informed ethnography. The course will address questions about representation, authenticity, experience, evidence, familiarity and difference, place and time, the everyday and the extraordinary, politics and ethics. Students will be asked to participate in the central methods of ethnographic research including taking fieldnotes, conducting formal and informal interviews with both familiar others and with strangers, formulating a research question, and analyzing qualitative data. Assignments will include informal reading responses, a mid-term mini-field project, and a final mini-field project that builds on the mid-term. Evaluation will be based on these assignments and on class participation and final presentations of their projects.



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