Ethnographic Research Methods

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
08 November 2019


Requisites for this module
SC203, SC208


SC831, SC832

Key module for

BA LL36 Social Anthropology,
BA LL3P Social Anthropology (Including Year Abroad),
BA LL6P Social Anthropology (Including Placement Year),
BA LL37 Social Anthropology with Human Rights,
BA LL38 Social Anthropology with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA LL39 Social Anthropology with Human Rights (Including Placement Year)

Module description

The module offers the methods elements for the Anthropology degree scheme and incorporates basic ethnographic research methods. The autumn term will cover the theories, ethics and philosophical and conceptual bases of ethnographic research methods. We will focus on ethnographies and articles that critically discuss ethnographic research methods in preparation for the mini ethnographies students will conduct in the spring term.

Module aims

The module aims to provide students with a basic understanding of ethnographic research methods so they can apply and practice such methods in the field, interpret and critically analyse data and write a mini ethnography.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of theories, philosophies and critiques of ethnographic research methods.
2. Develop cultural sensitivity and proper ethical frameworks to conduct research in different social and cultural contexts.
3. Develop necessary skills to formulate a research proposal.
4. Apply ethnographic research methods to conduct field research.
5. Demonstrate analytical articulation and writing skills by completing a mini ethnography.

Module information

Students are required to read the assigned material for the week in advance. The autumn term sessions will focus on ethnographies and associated critical readings. These sessions will be characterised by a mixed format of lecturing, discussion, group activity, and film clip discussion. A typical session will consist of a 20 minutes lecture, group discussion, and mock method practice on some days (such as interviews, participant observation, etc.) within the class room.

Learning and teaching methods

Two hour seminar in weeks 2-11, 16-20, 22-25. A combination of lecture, small group discussions, general class discussion and student presentations.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Methods Assignment 1 5%
Coursework Methods Assignment 2 08/11/2019 5%
Coursework Auto-Ethnography Assignment 13/12/2019 30%
Coursework Argument Outline 07/02/2020 10%
Coursework Argument Assessment 28/02/2020 10%
Coursework Final Written Assignment 24/04/2020 30%
Practical Final Presentation of Auto Ethnography 5%
Practical Reading presentation 5%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Johanna Romer
Jane Harper, Undergraduate Administrator, General Office (room 6.339), Telephone 01206 873052, email:



External examiner

Dr Monika Krause
Available via Moodle
Of 42 hours, 42 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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