Project in Ethnographic Research - ANTS5340

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 30 (15) Anna Waldstein checkmark-circle


This module offers Stage 3 students the opportunity to design and execute a research project of their own devising. 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 have received training in ethnographic methods, basic photography, interviewing and sound recording, etc. in SE627. In this module, further training will be given in dissertation design and ethnographic writing.


Contact hours

Total contact hours 17
Private study hours 283
Total study hours 300


Optional to : BSc Anthropology, BA Social Anthropology and associated programmes,
Available as an elective module at the discretion of the module convenor.

Method of assessment

Research proposal 1,500 words 10%
Presentation or short film no word limit 20%
Ethnographic dissertation 10,000 words 70%*
*This element is pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module.

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Indicative reading

The reading for the project will be pursued under the advice of the supervisor or module convenor, and will be tailored to the needs of the student and the specific topic that he or she is researching.

Rupert Cox, Andrew Irving, and Christopher Wright (eds). 2016. Beyond Text? Critical Practices and Sensory Anthropology. Manchester: Manchester University Press
Emerson, R. et al. 2011. Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes. Chicago: Chicago UP. (esp. Chaps. 3, 4 &
Harris, A. 2016. Video as Method: Understanding Qualitative Research. Oxford: Oxford University
Faubion J. and G. Marcus, eds. (2009) Fieldwork is Not What it Used to be: Learning Anthropology's
Method in a Time of Transition. Cornell.
Narayan, K. 2012. Alive in the Writing: Crafting Ethnography in the Company of Chekhov. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press.
O'Reilly, K. 2012. Ethnographic Methods. London: Routledge.
Pink, S. 2001/2007. Doing Visual Ethnography. London: Sage

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 plan an ethnographic research project by identifying a question or intention, a strategy for execution, and a strategy for analysis and presentation of results;
8.2 carry out ethnographic, research by using appropriate methods (including visual, digital and virtual);
8.3 present the findings of the project in the form of a written dissertation, and a presentation or multimedia project;
8.4 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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