Academic Skills - SE308

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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Not available as Wild.



This module introduces students to the range of basic research skills required across the range of the School's BA and BSc programmes, whilst also introducing the key areas of school disciplinary expertise. Students work in groups to collaboratively produce a 3 minute video addressing a question that requires knowledge of the diverse expertise of the school. The question will change in relation to the contemporary concerns and research interests of the school. An initial lecture introduces the course and collaborative video research that serves as the central methodology to communicate the results of qualitative and quantitative research on the question addressed. Lectures in the first part of the course introduce the key disciplinary and interdisciplinary resources to answer the question.
Following lectures are divided between qualitative and quantitative methods. The course concludes with an open screening of all video projects.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

25 hours


BA Social Anthropology; BSc Anthropology; BSc Biological Anthropology; BSc Wildlife Conservation, BSc Human Ecology, BSc Environmental Social Sciences (and associated programmes-Year Abroad or Year in Professional Practice)
Not available as Wild.

Method of assessment

100% coursework
Presentation (20%)
Article Analysis (20%)
Video (40%)
Individual Lab Report (20%)

Indicative reading

Gay y Blasco, P. & Wardle, H. (2006) 'Introduction: the Concerns and Distinctiveness of Ethnography' in 'How to Read Ethnography' (London; New York: Routledge) pp. 1-13
Max-Neef, M. (2005) Foundations of Transdisciplinarity Ecological Economics Vol 53, pp 5–16
Moore et al. 2010. The Ultimate Study Skills handbook. Open University Press.
Neville, C. 2010. The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism. Open University Press.
Pink, S (2013) 'Doing Visual Ethnography.' London: Sage Publications
Redford, K.H. (2011) 'Misreading the Conservation Landscape', Oryx, 45 (3), 324-30.
Walker, P. (2000) Bioarchaeological Ethics: A Historical Perspective on the Value of Human Remains. In Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton. Eds Katzenberg and Saunders. Wiley-Liss, New York. Chapter 1, pg3-41.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8.1 understand the main differences and similarities among the disciplines of anthropology, human ecology, conservation biology and environmental social science
8.2 recognise the basic methodologies and approaches used in these disciplines
8.3 understand the basic principles of data collection, data handling and statistical analysis

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