AP/ANTH 3110 6.00
ACQUIRING RESEARCH SKILLS
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the discipline, experience and practice of anthropological research. The task of "doing anthropology" involves a broad range of considerations, such as: defining and selecting research problems, decisions concerning appropriate and/or feasible research strategies as well as moral and ethical issues. We will explore a variety of research tools and techniques used in anthropological fieldwork, such as: narrative and life history and films as well as the broader application of anthropological research methods to non-traditional research settings.
While the emphasis will be on the hallowed anthropological "trademark" of fieldwork (which includes participant- observation, interviewing and recording data), our analysis will be informed by contemporary explorations and critiques of fieldwork practice, for example, the production of anthropological knowledge, the politics of representation, and how anthropologists are responding to a changing world.
Format: Two lecture hours and one tutorial hour.