Academic and Research Skills - SE308

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 3)
Autumn 4 15 (7.5) DR M Poltorak checkmark-circle


This module introduces students to the range of basic academic and 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 create a video project that focuses on a theme that requires knowledge of the diverse disciplinary expertise of the school. They also independently carry out a quantitative analysis project on the same theme. The theme will change in relation to the contemporary concerns and research interests of the school. Lectures in the first part of the course introduce the key disciplinary and interdisciplinary resources on the theme. Other lectures and seminars are divided between the use of video, quantitative methods and the teaching of academic skills. The course concludes with an open screening of all video projects.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours



BA Social Anthropology; BSc Anthropology; BSc Biological Anthropology; BSc Wildlife Conservation, , BSc Human Geography; BA Environmental Social Sciences (and associated programmes-Year Abroad or Year in Professional Practice)

Method of assessment

Project (60%)
Article Analysis Presentation (40%)

Indicative reading

Andersson, R. 2014. "Time and the Migrant Other: European border controls and the temporal economics of illegality" American Anthropologist 116 (4):795-809
Bae et al., 2017. On the origin of modern humans: Asian perspectives. Science. 358
Cripps, C & Gardner, C. 2016. Human migration and marine protected areas: Insights from Vezo. fishers in Madagascar. Geoforum 74- 49-62
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
Saunders, D. 2010. The Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History is Reshaping Our World, Pantheon: London
Shrum, W., Duque, R., & Brown, T. (2005). Digital video as research practice: Methodology for the millennium. Journal of Research Practice, 1(1),

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

understand the basic methodological and academic writing differences and similarities among the disciplines of anthropology, human geography, conservation biology and environmental social science
recognise the relevance of video methodologies and quantitative approaches used in these disciplines
understand the basic principles of data collection, data handling and statistical analysis


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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