Ethnographic Methods

Course Description: 

This course is geared for students preparing for a first encounter with ethnographic fieldwork as well as for those who have already had some experience in this medium of inquiry. It provides an introduction to some of the principal methods for conducting field research in anthropology and in neighboring disciplines. It begins with a general preface to what fieldwork is, then deals with entry to the field; participant-observation; keeping a field diary and analyzing it; the use of audio-visual materials; and the first stages of constructing texts premised on ethnographic research. Constructed as an interactive process, the course combines more formal lecturing with hands-on field experience on the part of course participants.  

Learning Outcomes: 

Students taking this course should be able, once they have taken it, to design a research project based on ethnographic work. They should be familiar with procedures of entering the field, keeping a field diary, conducting open, semi structured and structured interviews, feel comfortable with participant observation techniques and be able to begin constructing texts based on these techniques.

Assessment: 

- Attendance + active participation in class, based on reading of the course materials (30%)

- An ethnographic project in Budapest designed and carried out in teams of two or three,  comprising of the following elements:

            - A written ethnographic account of up to 3,000 words, co-authored jointly by the

            team (30% of course mark)

            - Presentation in class by the team of their work in progress (20% of course mark)

            - Individual ethnographic diary (20% of course mark)

Prerequisites: 

n/a