Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Roger Slack
Overall aims and purpose
Ethnography is a well established ‘way of seeing’ in the social sciences. This module allows students to critically engage with ethnography as a mode of social research. We will look at ethnographic studies in a number of areas including: crime and punishment, health and illness, and everyday life. Additionally, the course offers the opportunity to engage with the philosophical commitments of ethnography, ethnography as a way of (re)presenting the world, and alternatives to textual presentations of the social world (film, video, audio, still photography and digital media).
British Social Anthropology: (re)presenting the other; The Chicago School: landmark studies and their contemporary relevance; Symbolic Interactionism: perspective, method, and studies; Ethnomethodologically informed ethnography: doing everyday life; Feminist Ethnography: standpoints on knowledge; Virtual ethnography: life online.
A wide variety of source materials will be used. Materials and the opportunity to discuss them will be made available on Blackboard wherever possible.
The presentation of a report of an ethnographic study in which the students show an ability to analyse data at a descriptive level and report such findings appropriately.
The presentation of a report of an ethnographic study in which the students show an ability to analyse data at a descriptive and an analytical level and report such findings appropriately.
The presentation of a report of an ethnographic study in which the students show an ability to analyse data at a descriptive and an analytical level and report such findings in a way that would be acceptable for presentation in the proceedings of a refereed academic conference
A detailed knowledge of the scope, history and development of ethnography.
A detailed understanding of the conduct of ethnographic research, reading and writing ethnographics and the politics and commitments of ethnographic research.
A critical appreciation of the value of ethnography as a means of (re)presenting the social world.
An understanding of alternative modes of (re)presentation - especially visual ethnography, novel literary forms, audio and video in ethnographic research (including ethnographic film), and philosophical issues aroung the 'ownership' of knowledge (alterity, gender and so on).
A critical appreciation of the relationship of ethnographic research to other research methods and the ethical implications of ethnographic research.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
Students will be required to read a range of materials on ethnography.
Students will have access to a range of resources, including texts, monographs and journals, both paper and electronic; and computing resources to access the Blackboard VLE.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- Ability to formulate and investigate sociologically informed questions.
- competence in using major theoretical perspectives and concepts in sociology, and their application to social life
- the ability to undertake and present scholarly work
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- M931: BA Criminology & Criminal Justice with International Exp year 4 (BA/CJIE)
- M930: BA Criminology & Criminal Justice year 3 (BA/CRIM)
- LXH3: BA Childhood Studies/Sociology year 3 (BA/CSS)
- LL13: BA Sociology/Economics year 3 (BA/ECS)
- LQ3J: BA English Lang. & Sociology year 3 (BA/ELSOC)
- LL53: BA Health & Social Care/Sociology year 3 (BA/HSCS)
- LL54: BA Hlth & Scl Care/Social Policy year 3 (BA/HSCSP)
- LP33: BA Media Studies and Sociology year 3 (BA/MSSOC)
- CL83: BA Sociology/Psychology year 3 (BA/PS)
- L300: BA Sociology year 3 (BA/S)
- LM40: BA Sociology & Criminology & Crim Just with International Ex year 4 (BA/SCJIE)
- LM39: BA Sociology and Criminology & Criminal Justice year 3 (BA/SCR)
- 3L3Q: BA Sociology and English Literature year 3 (BA/SEL)
- LV31: BA Sociology/History year 3 (BA/SH)
- 8Y70: BA Sociology (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/SIE)
- LQ31: BA Sociology/Linguistics year 3 (BA/SL)
- L402: BA Social Policy year 3 (BA/SOCPOL)
- LL34: BA Sociology and Social Policy year 3 (BA/SOCSP)
- LVH2: BA Welsh History/Sociology year 3 (BA/WHS)
- LQ35: BA Cymraeg and Sociology year 3 (BA/WS)
- M932: MSocSci Criminology & Criminal Justice year 3 (MSOCSCI/CCJ)
- L302: MSocSci Sociology year 3 (MSOCSCI/S)
- L403: MSocSci Social Policy year 3 (MSOCSCI/SP)