Practical Methods in Conservation Social Science - SE811

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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7 15 (7.5) DR R Puri

Pre-requisites

SE885 or equivalent, or permission from convenor

Restrictions

None

2019-20

Overview

This module will consist of a series of practical sessions that allow postgraduate students to gain hands on experience in the use and application of data collection techniques and analyses commonly used by social and environmental anthropologists, ethnobiologists and conservation biologists in the emerging interdisciplinary fields of conservation social science and ethnobiology. The module complements the theoretical and issue oriented modules required of postgraduate students. Also, achievement of learning outcomes from this module will feed directly into preparation and implementation of dissertation research projects for all MSc and PhD students.
Practical Sessions such as:
Participant Observation
Interviewing: unstructured and semi-structured
Questionnaires
Focal groups and Community Workshops
Cultural Domain Analysis (An introduction to ANTHROPAC software; Freelisting, paired comparison, triads, pile sorts, weighted ranking, rating)
Livelihood Analysis and Wealth Ranking
Market Survey
Community Mapping, Resource Inventory, Seasonal Calendar
Survey Plot Analysis: Correspondence
Photography and Visual documentation
Field Linguistics and language documentation

Details

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Contact hours

120

Availability

Spring term

Method of assessment

Assessment is two 2000-word laboratory reports on the collection and analysis of data from a small sample, using methods learned in two or more of the workshops.

Indicative reading

Alexiades, M.N. 1996. Selected Guidelines for Ethnobotanical Research: A Field Manual. New York, The New York Botanical Garden.
Bernard, R. (1994), Research Methods in Anthropology.
Borgatti, S. 1992. ANTHROPAC. Analytic Technologies.
IIRR. 1998. Participatory Methods in Indigenous Knowledge. Los Banos, The Philippines: IIRR.
Martin, G. J., 1995. Ethnobotany: A Methods Manual. London: Chapman and Hall.
Newing, H. 2010. Practicing Conservation: Social Science Methods. Routledge.
Pretty, JN, Guijt, I, Thompson, J and Scoones, I (1995), Participatory Learning and Action: A Trainers; Guide. IIED.
Sheil, D., Puri, R. K. et al (2002), Exploring biological diversity, environment and local perspectives in forest landscapes: methods for a multi-purpose landscape assessment. CIFOR.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Gain practical experience in the use of social science data collection techniques, qualitative and quantitative, used in the interdisciplinary field of conservation social science, applied environmental anthropology and ethnobiology.
2. Gain practical experience in the use of social science data analysis techniques, qualitative and quantitative, used in the interdisciplinary field of conservation social science, applied environmental anthropology and ethnobiology.
3. Gain practical experience in the use of computer software designed to facilitate collection and analysis of anthropological data used in the interdisciplinary field of conservation social science, applied environmental anthropology and ethnobiology.

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