Special Project in Ethnographic, Visual and Digital Research - SE534

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring 6 30 (15) DR M Poltorak checkmark-circle


This module offers Stage 3 students the opportunity to design and execute a research project of their own devising. Students will be asked to choose in advance whether they wish to present the result of their research in the form of a written dissertation or ethnographic/ documentary film. The topic, and the way it is researched, will be of the student's own choosing, in agreement with the student's supervisor. All students will receive training in ethnographic methods, basic photography, interviewing and sound recording, feedback methodologies and interactive platforms. For those writing a dissertation, training will be given in dissertation design and ethnographic writing. For those creating an ethnographic film or documentary, training will be given in cinematography, camera movement and improvisation, the use of DSLR cameras, editing and post-production.


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Contact hours



BA Social Anthropology and associated programmes

Method of assessment

Research proposal (5%) (1500 words)
Interactive platform (20%) (no word limit)
Ethnographic or visual project (10,000 words or a film of 8 to 12 minutes) (75%)
NB Interactive platform must be passed in order to complete the module.

Indicative reading

Not applicable; the reading for the project will be pursued under the advice of the supervisor, and tailored to the needs of the student and the specific topic that he or she is researching.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

plan an anthropological research project by identifying a question or intention, a strategy for execution, and a strategy for analysis and/or post production and presentation of results;
carry out ethnographic, visual or digital research by using appropriate methods;;
present the findings of the project in the form of a written dissertation or multimedia project
adapt research findings into a form suitable for presentation to specific audiences.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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