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ANTH 407 Principles of Field Work

An examination of field work as the basic setting for ethnographic research. Research design; relationships with study participants, field techniques, and data analysis and presentation.

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Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
ANTH 407 001Seminar2 Mon Wed9:3011:00

ANTH407 (Principles of Field Work):

This course will introduce you to field research methods through which anthropologists get insight about different peoples. The cultural data that anthropologists collect through ethnographic methods include practices and performances (e.g., online gaming), directly observable material objects (e.g., in-game chat scripts), and immaterial, invisible ideas and beliefs (e.g., the significance of friendship for online gamers). We will study major techniques, including participant-observation and interviewing, as we look at the process of ethnographic research from beginning to the end. This course also raises some of the issues ethnographers face: from the ethics of working with human subjects, to representation of others.